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Instructor: Kathleen Hudson
Medium: Oil or Acrylic Painting (Plein Air/Studio)
Workshop: Date TBA (Postponed due to travel restrictions)
Class times: 9:00am–4:00ish

Kathleen loves working with artists to help them hone their vision and grow in their technical painting and drawing skills. This 3-day workshop will include begin on Day-1 with a studio day where Kathleen will offer a presentation and demonstration. Days 2 and 3 will be outdoors; on Day-2 we will go to Maker’s Mark distillery for a day of painting the historic buildings. Then on Day-3 we will be off to Lexington to paint horses at a world-class stud farm (we can’t disclose the location publicly for that reason.) This will be an exciting and adventurous painting experience.


Kathleen Hudson Workshop
~ Horse Country Landscapes ~

Light and atmospheric forces act upon the landscape to create a story, and it’s up to you as the artist to decide how to tell it. Join award-winning artist Kathleen Hudson as she reveals how she infuses her landscapes with atmosphere. You will learn how to see subtle color and value shifts that give your paintings depth. You will also learn tools for effective self-critique so you can strengthen your own work at each stage of progress. Hudson will bring example of her preparatory sketches and color studies so you can thumb through those in person.
Points of study will include:
  • Seeing as an artist: painting light rather than objects
  • Planning your painting: envisioning your painting, using varied reference material, honing value and design, doing color studies
  • Stages of studio painting: drawing, block-in, color mixing, approaches to working a larger painting, refining texture & edges, tools for self-critique
  • Experimentation: exercises you can do at home to continue your growth as an artist


Day 1
  • 9am: The 3-day workshop with Kathleen Hudson begins at the Art Distillery studio with demonstrations on painting and equine anatomy. Students will then work on drawing and painting horses from photos and outdoors on-site at The Art Distillery.
  • Noon: Lunch served at Wildflower Ranch Inn
  • 1pm: Continue painting with Kathleen Hudson
Day 2
  • 9am: Plein Air painting at the Maker’s Mark Distillery grounds
  • Sack Lunch will be included
  • 1pm: Continue painting at Maker’s Mark Distillery
Day 3
  • 9am: The workshop continues with plein air painting at a Lexington, KY horse farm.
  • Sack Lunch will be included
  • 1pm: Continue painting at horse farm


Kathleen B Hudson lives and paints in Lexington, KY, where she has a studio at Artists’ Attic. Hudson is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists and an Artist Member of the Copley Society of Art in Boston, MA. She received the Grand Prize in the 6th Annual PleinAir Salon for her painting Bright Morning, Timberline Falls, which was featured on the July 2017 cover of PleinAir Magazine. The same month Southwest Art named her an “Artist to Watch.” Hudson moved from her native Kentucky to Boston, receiving her undergraduate degree at Harvard University.  After graduating, she was selected to join Boston’s Copley Society of Art, the oldest non-profit art association in America. Hudson returned to her hometown of Lexington and began where you can find her in the studio creating larger scale landscapes that emphasize the dynamic interplay of light, shadow, and atmospherics. https://www.kathleenbhudson.com/


Accommodations & Food

  • Accommodations are not included.
  • The area has some hotels, and comfy inns. 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 own and operated by Rich Brimer & Carol Henry. Art workshop students who reserve a 4-night minimum during any workshop, will receive 25% 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.
  • For those staying at Wildflower Ranch Inn, breakfast will be included.
  • The workshop includes lunch all 3 days.
  • We will likely be going out for dinners and each person will take care of their own dinner bill.