the Brochure

Join this legendary Artist-Instructor for a Six day
Mentoring Plein Air Painting Workshop
April 10-16, 2016
In the Red Rock Country of SEDONA ARIZONA
Michael Chesley Johnson of PAINT SEDONA
The Gandolfo Studio is located at 220 Goodrow Lane, in Sedona
‘phone number for Carol Gandolfo 928.961.6535
Stormy Afternoon, Sedona Oil 22x48 by Albert Handell
About the Workshop
Sunday 5-7PM our first meeting at the studio (at that time Albert will give
out important information on en plein air painting, portability for both:
pastels and oils, an explanation of sunny and grey day lighting conditions
and an overall view of the week’s schedule, including maps to various
painting locations) followed by our first workshop dinner-individual checks
Our daily schedule for Monday through Friday
Morning 9AM till noon Paint Along or demonstration by Albert
Afternoon 2-5PM paint on location with help at the easel.
Evening 7-9PM daily studio critique plus career building
Saturday 9AM-12PM an in-depth personal farewell critique for each
individual artist. The object being you can work better after the week is
Our workshop coordinator is Michael
575.267.2450, email: [email protected]
In this program, enrolled artists will be limited to 14 participating artists or
THE SWIRL OF LIFE by Albert Handell
Mixed Media Pastel -painted on location 12x18
This pastel technique, watercolor under painting finishing with pastel is demonstrated
during the week
How is this Mentoring Program different from Albert’s
typical 5-day painting workshop program?
This 6-day program starts with our first half-day meeting on SUNDAY 5:007:00PM at the Gandolfo Studio, followed by our first dinner at REDS Restaurant
and ends with an individual in-depth farewell critique on SATURDAY at noon.
Each day participants will paint together at designated locations that Mr. Handell
knows intimately. As you paint alongside Mr. Handell, he will show you stepby-step how he starts and works through a painting till finish. You will see for
yourself what and how he emphasizes what is important, what “un-essentials” he
leaves out (which is also very important) and how he keeps to the theme of the
painting till finished. If you wish, you will be able to paint the same subjects he
does, which gives you a realization of painting that is unique.
In the afternoon he will give help at each artist’s easel.
Each evening participants will meet to review the day’s painting, have nightly
critiques, and receive suggestions for the next day’s painting, and all careerbuilding information will be kept to the evenings.
Career Building – Discussed and Explained in Detail in the evening sessions:
Mr. Handell will first explain how he has built his own career and give you
important insights and information on how to build yours. He will then answer all
individual questions and give you insights from his extensive experience as an
artist, judge and juror of many national exhibitions, which will give you an idea
and help as to where you should exhibit. You might be surprised by the insights
Also information on:
How to find and get into a good gallery
Explaining what is a “good gallery”
What to expect from your gallery
What is your obligation to your gallery
Also covered (partial listing):
What regional and/or national shows should one enter both as a pastelist
or as an oil painter (you will find this information surprising)
The importance of “being-in-print” (how to go about getting into print,
including both magazine articles and books)
What makes up an impressive portfolio
Should I join a co-op and what makes a good co-op?
How to organize your office (very important)
The tax advantages of declaring yourself an artist (an individual
contractor) even though sales of paintings may be minimal or none at all –
this part of the program alone, especially for the future, can be worth the
price of the program many times over!
Yet there is much, much more – all presented to you in the evenings after the
day’s painting.
Late Afternoon, Sedona
The light conditions in Sedona are breath-taking, bring your cameras!!!
Who is this workshop for?
The mentoring program is designed for those who want an “after workshop” experience;
it is open to anyone who has either taken a workshop with Mr. Handell, or has taken at
least one workshop with an artist who gives painting workshops in pastels or oils.
How to Sign Up
Enrollment is strictly limited and spaces for the program will fill up quickly, so
don’t hesitate to reserve your space at this time. This program will be closed after
the 14th artist signs up, and a waiting list will be started.
To sign up, a non-refundable deposit of $175 is required to register.
Please contact the Handell Studio/Office directly at 505-983-8373 or e-mail:
[email protected]
The Handell Office accepts all credit cards, and it is the preferred method of
payment for tuition.
If paying by check, please call first to make sure that there is an opening. Then
make the check payable to “Albert Handell” and mail it to:
Albert Handell
PO Box 9070
Santa Fe NM 87504-9070
A receipt will be sent to you for your tuition deposit. We will appreciate receiving
the $800.00 balance on your tuition two months before the first day of
the program, February 10, 2016. Receiving the full tuition two months prior to the
program will help us from overbooking.
Refund Policy
Gandolfo Studio, 220 Goodrow Lane, Phone: 928.961.6535 (Carol Gandolfo)
Goodrow Lane is the road on the north side of West Route 89A between
Rodeo Drive and Coffee Pot Drive. It doesn't look like much of a road but it
has a street sign, so look for it. Veer left where it says "No Outlet." Look
for number 220 on the right, just past Schimberg Lane (on your right also.)
There are two little driveways, either of which you may use. Extra parking
is along Schimberg Lane.
REDS Restaurant at Sedona Rouge Resort, 2250 West 89A, Phone:
Coming from the north, and immediately before Rodeo Drive, turn right
into the REDS parking lot. If you miss the turn, turn right on Rodeo.
Immediately after this turn, REDS is on your right.
**Both studio and restaurant are located within a short distance of each
other. Should you have difficulty finding either the restaurant or the studio,
contact Michael Chesley Johnson, workshop sponsor, on his cell phone at
Mountain Stream by Albert Handell Oil 16x20 (Actual Demonstration)
Albert will demonstrate oils during the week
The Week
Each morning we will all meet on location or at the studio at 9AM, and
paint until noon. Every morning, Albert will paint along with you.
From noon to 2:00PM: Lunch and travel to and set-up for the afternoon
painting session.
From 2PM to 5:00 PM, we will paint on location. In the afternoons, Mr.
Handell will paint along with you for the first hour or so and then will give
individual help at the easel (optional). Our painting subject matter will vary
from Sedona’s beautiful red rock mesas and buttes, the quiet slickrock
banks of Oak Creek, the area’s graceful sycamore and cottonwood trees,
to wide-open breathtaking vistas and skies.
5-7PM Supper
In the evenings from 7:00 until 9:00 PM, we will meet at the studio for
our daily critique and suggestions for the next day’s painting. Mr. Handell
will also present eye-opening career building information at that
time. Our daily schedule can vary slightly from day-to-day.
Friday evening, we will meet at a local restaurant for our final farewell
dinner (individual checks)
Saturday morning from 9AM till noon, we have a final in depth, very
informative critique which will help you with your painting after the week
ends. If you can, please bring 6 or 8 images; either prints or computer
images (or originals) of works done before the workshop and everything
painted during the week.
Where to Stay
Mr Handell will be staying at Sky Ranch Lodge atop Airport Mesa in Sedona. If
you’d like to stay at the Lodge, contact:
Sky Ranch Lodge
1105 Airport Road
Sedona, Arizona 86339
Toll Free: 888 708 6400 | Local: 928 282 6400 | [email protected]
or visit the website:
If you wish other accommodations:
Our studio, Gandolfo Studio, also offers limited housing for artists. For full
details, contact Michael Chesley Johnson, workshop sponsor, at
[email protected] or 575.267.2450
Craigslist for Sedona vacation
query=sedona&srchType=A&bedrooms=. Weekly rentals are available in
timeshares through this link.
B&Bs such as the Sedona Bed & Breakfast Guild:
Come with a friend, spend some time, and rent a house through a Sedona
Property Manager such as: and
Then there are traditional hotels and motels and all other types of
accommodations listed through the Chamber:
For more information on Sedona, please contact artist Michael Chesley
Johnson, our Sedona coordinator who lives and paints in and knows
Sedona very well. [email protected]
How to Get to Sedona, Arizona
Sedona is 2 hours (121 miles) by car from the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport (PHX).
It’s an easy drive, mostly in Interstate 17.
By the way, if you are renting a car, know that it is expensive to rent a car at the
Phoenix airport. It is much cheaper to rent one in Sedona or Cottonwood. You
can take a shuttle from Phoenix to Sedona or Cottonwood to pick up a car.
Shuttles: Arizona Shuttle ( or Ace Express Shuttle
Service (
‘Island Costal Trees’, Pastel 12×18 by Albert Handell
What Art Supplies Should The Pastel Artist Bring?
If you are painting in pastel, bring all the pastels that you have and the pastel
papers that you like to paint on – plus a few lightweight drawing boards i.e.,
made of foam core or gator board or any lightweight material. Albert likes to use
The Kitty Wallis Sanded Paper in both white and their Belgium Mist grey tone,
they both come in, and he prefers the 12×18” pad of eight sheets, but if you wish
to work on a smaller size, these pads are also available in 9×12” sheets. These
are very handy pads for pasteling on location, and can be purchased from
Dakota Art Supplies (they only sell pastel supplies) at 888.345.0067. Albert also
paints with pastel on U-Art sanded papers 500-p and 600-p, grits.
If you are an experienced pastelist, bring the pastels you already have.
In addition to Unison pastels, Mr. Handell uses a combination of pastels by
Schmincke, Rembrandt, Sennelier and Nu-Pastel.
Suggested Pastel Sanded Paper
Kitty Wallis sanded pastel papers come in 12 x 18” pads with 8 individual sheets
per pad. These papers are available in both Belgian Mist grey and white. These
are very handy pads for pasteling on location, and can be purchased from
Dakota Art Supplies (they only sell pastel supplies) at 888.345.0067. Mr. Handell
has painted many landscapes on the12 x 18” format and he thinks it’s an ideal
size for landscapes. If for some reason you wish to pastel on these papers but on
a smaller size they also have pads that are 9 x12”.
If you wish to work on other pastel papers, be sure to bring them to the
Other Pastel Materials
A few sticks of soft vine charcoal
Masking tape
Light weight drawing board (foam core)
Spray fixative (any brand)
Kneaded eraser
Folding TV tray (optional)
‘At Water’s Edge, East Beach’†Oil 20×24 by Albert Handell
What Art Supplies Should The Oil Painter Bring?
If you are painting in oils, bring the colors that you are accustomed to painting
with, plus at least 12 or more canvas or canvas panels to paint on. Albert likes to
paint on the Source Tek Panels, telephone them at 800.587.5462 or visit their
website: They have Claussen Linen glued to light
weight Birch plywood – in different sizes. They are strong and lightweight. The
recommended sizes are 9×12”,11×14”, 12×16”, or 14×18”. Or 16×20” Choose
the sizes that you are most comfortable painting on.
Can I Ship My Art Supplies To The Workshop?
Yes, you can ship your art supplies to Sky Ranch Lodge. For this you will need to
contact the office at the Conference Center, or if you are staying at a different
location, please contact them directly for this need.
Albert Handell’s Pallet Of Oil Colors
Mr. Handell paints in oil during the winter months in the studio. He uses
Turpenoid as his paint medium, especially at the beginning, since these works
are larger and call for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th painting sessions. He will then use
Winsor Newton Liquin, very sparingly as his paint medium. He applies paint
combing both brush and knife applications of color. His Oil Palette is listed below:
Titanium White W/N (Winsor Newton)
Cadmium Yellow Light W/N
Cadmium Orange W/N
Cadmium Red Light W/N
Terra Rosa W/N
Permanent Alizarin Crimson W/N
Yellow Ocher Light W/N
Burnt Sienna W/N
Viridian (Green) W/N
Cobalt Blue W/N
Ultra-Marine Blue W/N
Ivory Black W/N
If you are an experienced oil painter, bring any materials with which you would
normally paint.
A large assortment of brushes is recommended. Two or three of each size:
numbers 2, 4, 6, 8, 10. Your choice of brights*, flats (sable), rounds, or filberts
Mr. Handell also uses:
Richeson # 9629 signature #’s 10 & 12,
Langnickel Royal Sable # 5590 #’s 8, 10 & 12,
DaVinci Maestro series 7000 # 10, 12,14 (white bristle filbert)
No medium; use odorless turpentine (Turpenoid) used by Mr. Handell for
his alla prima painting (one session paintings).
Liquin by Windsor Newton -Mr. Handell uses for glazing purposes and for
paintings that take multiple sessions to complete.
A general all around paint medium, which many artists use, is a mixture of
1/3 Damar varnish, 1/3 linseed oil, 1/3 turpentine or turpentine substitute.
Other Oil Materials
Any palette
Two palette cups
Rags and/or paper towels
Two palette knives