Shanna Kunz

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October’s video is about creating haze or mist in a painting!  We also talk about taking a Master’s work – in this case Monet – and using the palette from that piece in a painting with your composition and subject.  As I’m creating the painting, I use Gamblin Cold Wax to change the texture of the paint.  I will do a product review of the cold wax next month, so if you are interested, you might want to order yours soon!  This painting is done on  a 12×14 oil on linen panel.

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Materials with Shanna Kunz

SUPPLY LIST

Oil Paint. Below are Gamblin Colors

  • Titanium Zinc White
  • Naples Yellow
  • Cad Yellow Light
  • Cad Yellow Deep
  • Cad Red Light
  • Quinacridone Magenta
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Cerulean Blue (hue is fine)
  • Sap Green
  • Pthalo Green
  • Transparent Earth Orange
  • Asphaltum
  • Quinacridone Violet. (these two mixed together, asphalt and violet, create a Raw Umber Violet.  Daniel Smith makes this color mixed)
  • Portland Warm Grey (optional)
  • Portland Cool Grey (optional)
  • Radiant Blue (optional)
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Raw Sienna
  • Torrit Grey when available
  • Neo Megilp
  • Gamsol
  • Gamvar Varnish (I use satin)

BRUSHES. Click here to shop Kunz Brush Set

  • I love to use Princeton Brushes. There will soon be a set of them named after my preferences. 
  • I have a combination of Aspen and Catalyst lines.
  • Small, medium  and diamond shape palette knives

9650 Series Snap – Golden Synthetic Brush Series

1 inch wash A new brush series that’s determined to get you to like it. We think you’ll like the way they look. We know you’ll love the way they perform. Snap! ™ Brushes are fun, but not frivolous.

Aspen Series Aspen™ – Synthetic Bristle

Princeton’s Aspen™ combines several important benefits to artists: the brush retains its shape for control and placement of color, paint releases and glides evenly off the synthetic hairs. The brush can be used with all acrylic and oil paints including water-soluble oils. The non-glare ferrule makes Aspen™ perfect for outdoor painting. A beautiful brush only surpassed by its performance.

  • 1 #10 Bright
  • 1 #8 Bright
  • 1 #6 Bright
  • 2 #4 Bright
  • 1 #2 flat
  • 1 #4 filbert
  • 1 #2 round
  • 1 #4 flat

Royal Brush Company

  • LP1 Palette Knife 
  • Wipeout Tool 

SUPPORTS:  Canvas or linen panel 

I like to use Claessens 66 single oil primed linen mounted to gatorboard

  • Paper towels
  • Apron
  • Palette – plastic, glass or wood – approx 11×14
  • Easel
  • Notebooks & Pen
  • Notanizer App on your phone or iPad
  • Photo editing App on your phone or iPad
  • Gamsol Holder/Cleaner]

My Gallery

TESTIMONIALS

Shanna is a wonderful painter and inspiring teacher.  I have been to 4 of her workshops and look forward to the next!  I have followed her to 2 locations in Idaho, her home town of Ogden, and Giverny, France.  Not only is she a great teacher but more importantly a wonderful person and a joy to be around!

Kelley

Shanna Kunz workshop was one of the best to ever be at Bob Tompkins Studio. As a landscape painting teacher, she was so concise and clear that every one of the participants received 100 % and produced outstanding results. all made sure to beg her to return next year. She also sold everyone of her demo’s. 

Bob Thompkins, Thompkins Studio

I recently had the opportunity to attend a workshop held with Shanna Kunz recently at Bob Tomkins Studio in Mississippi.  I have attended several workshops before so thought I knew what to expect.   I must say that this workshop is without a doubt my favorite one thus far,  Shanna is a teacher in every sense of the word.  She is without doubt a great artist, but she is a very blessed teacher.  Her way of explaining is easy for everyone understand, no matter the level of the students.  I look forward to another workshop soon.

Misty

I have taken several classes from Shanna, and I can honestly say I learned more in her classes than I did in my college classes.   She puts her whole heart and sole into teaching art. She is willing to share all she knows about painting and doesn’t expect you to paint just her way. She helps the student develop their own voice in art. She is a master at critiquing art and shows you steps on how to get to the next level of painting.  Her love and enthusiasm of art spills over to her students.  I would highly recommend her classes to anyone!

Shirlee

This landscape workshop by Shanna was truly the most amazing experience I have ever had!  She was not only a great teacher, but spent so much time with each participant.  Her God-given talent was clearly obvious. It was such a privilege to learn under her as she demo’ed while explaining what she was doing and why.  Mississippi Master artist Bob Tompkins brought Shanna to many of us who wouldn’t have been able to travel to her. I would love to study with her again!

Carole

“Shanna is a highly knowledgeable painter and teacher.  She met me where I was in my painting journey and taught, with kindness, the knowledge that helped to fill gaps in my learning.  It is critical to find the right teacher and I’m so glad that I reached out to her to be our teacher at Edisto Art Retreats.” 

Christian