Randy Sexton — Simplifying the Complex en Plein Air

Instructor: Randy Sexton
Medium: Oil
Workshop: Sept 26–28, 2022 (M–W)
Class times: 9:00am–4:00ish
Tuition: $595
Class Size: 16

Come paint in central Kentucky with award-winning California artist Randy Sexton. This 3-day workshop is open to all levels—but it is especially geared to push the experienced artist to greater heights. Randy will review the basics of solid picture making… while sharing his own methods for “Simplifying the Complex.”

Three days will be spent on location (gathering direct experience en plein air.) Daily demonstrations will be followed up with “one-on-one” assistance at the easel.

Randall Sexton says:

My concerns as an artist have always been rather straightforward. The disciplines of direct painting, both in the plein air experience and in the studio, have helped me to develop a loose handling of paint that speaks as much about the paint itself as it does any given subject matter. I try to combine traditional methods of painting with a “sense of myself living in the present”.  My paintings are a direct response from the world around me as I strive to be “in the moment” while I work. Nature has proven to be the most demanding and inspiring teacher… so I work from life, as often as possible and try to remain open to new ideas and new approaches.

The process of painting is an exploration and an adventure. Each work is a simple sentence in an ongoing story that will take a lifetime to unfold. The tale is a compilation of images that reflect the magic of life itself:  the mysteries of vision, light, and color. Painting has enabled me to be more appreciative of the beauty and richness in everyday life.

We will explore the beauties offered in Plein Air and express your own impressions in the brushwork itself.

Join us for this expressive adventure out in the fresh air of nature as we practice Social Distancing and with face masks to keep everyone safe.  We have had very successful Plein Air workshops social distancing, vaccine and face mask when needed.

Randall is a signature member of Plein Air Painters of America and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association among others.  His teaching experience includes: Pixar University, the Academy of Art in San Francisco,  twenty years of leading private workshops has provided Sexton with a unique ability to help individual artist’s challenges and strengths.

Student Testimonials:

Andy Williams: I would unhesitatingly recommend Randall Sexton as a workshop instructor for all levels of artists. I took my first workshop with Randy Sexton and since then I have taken at least six more including plein air and studio-figure workshops. Randy’s approach to both the landscape and figure is simple and straightforward. He easily communicates both what he is doing and the alternative approaches during the demonstrations, which are always jaw-droppingly gorgeous. When the students are working on their own paintings Randy is diligent about visiting and giving ample time to each participant. He may just point out a possible approach to a problem or demonstrate the student’s work. Usually, this has resulted in a major “ah-ha! moment” for me. Randy’s extensive background in teaching at both the university and corporate levels is always apparent. He has a humorous and gentle approach but his commitment to moving his students forward is easily seen. He is a true professional in both his own work and his commitment to teaching.

Diane Scott: I took a workshop with Randall in Vermont and had the time of my life —it was well organized—I love staying at the same hotel with the others. Randall as an instructor was constantly making the rounds ensuring all participants had feedback that was geared to their level. He was even-tempered and jovial and just a lot of fun… His demos blew me away… a very skilled painter with beautiful expressive brushwork. I was a reasonably experienced painter before I took his workshop and he definitely helped “up my game.” I Strongly recommend his workshops for all levels.

Patty Biederman: Randy Sexton gives by far the best workshops. He is a tireless instructor and brings his outgoing personality along with his superb achievements right to the workshop participants. At the end of the week or weekend, there is so much to take home.

Accommodations & Food

  • Accommodations are not included.
  • The area has some hotels and our own comfy inn. Below are some options to stay near our studio.
    • Wildflower Ranch Inn (859) 481-4576 • Located on the same property as The Art Distillery and is owned and operated by Rich Brimer & Carol Henry. Art workshop students who reserve a 4-night minimum stay during any workshop will receive a 20% discount when booking. We have a limited supply of accommodations for our workshops students. If you wish to book a room with us, please contact us as soon as possible to reserve your space. A non-refundable 50% deposit is required when booking your room.
    • AIRBNB has a few offerings around the area. They vary in price depending on the location.
    • Hampton Inn • (270) 699-4000 • 1125 Loretto Rd, Lebanon, KY 40033. Mention The Art Distillery to receive our corporate discount.
  • Breakfast will be included for those staying at Wildflower Ranch Inn
  • The workshop includes lunch for all 3 days for all students.
  • Dinner: If we go out together, each person will take care of their own dinner bill.


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