Paint a Bunch with Intention by Mónica Linares


The Power of Working in Series

I will help you build a body of work based on photo references. Working in series will help you learn all you can about one subject. It will help you find consistency and your unique voice! Also if you are planning on exhibiting your work anywhere, even on social media!, working in series is the way to go.

We will make a plan, create structure, I’ll guide you where you need it and offer accountability for you to start building a consistent body of work. In other words: To paint a bunch with intention!

Students must be fully Covid vaccinated to register and  symptoms free to participate.

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DATE: Wednesdays, October 20, 27. November 3, 10, 2021
TIME: 1:30 am to 4:00 pm
FEE: $200
LOCATION: 10 W Franklin St, Raleigh, NC 27604
SUPPLIES LIST:  Keep reading, you’ll find it after cancellation policy.
MEDIUM: Acrylics
LEVEL: Basic knowledge of painting required | STUDENTS: Max. 10, Min. 6

HEALTH SAFETY: Proof of full Covid vaccination at time of registration (photo of vaccination card must be sent by text to 919-6010284 within 1 day of registration) and wearing a mask when indoors are required to be able to participate in Painting Miles workshops and classes in person (we will update the mask requirement whenever the town of Raleigh does it). All NC Government health regulations will be followed.

4-Week Class Description – You can work on the theme of your preference: landscape, still life, interiors, cityscape or floral, I’ll be demonstrating a floral painting.

I realized that what I enjoy to teach the most is giving you structure, accountability, motivation, the right challenge and enough technique information to keep you going so you can paint daily or frequently enough for you to explore and get better at painting, and most importantly, to find your own and unique voice.

You probably have a good foundation by studying on your own, through workshops and classes or by being a Happy Habit alumni;  but sometimes if we are not surrounded by a community that keep us accountable we lose track of time, start prioritizing other things and before we know it, our painting practice is gone.

The second thing that can happen is that we keep painting frequently but become “painterly disperse”. We try a little bit of this and a little bit of that without a painting goal, without thinking: What do I want? How do I want to grow? Where do I focus?. Sometimes that’s great!, but sometimes we need some parameters to push us in one direction, find consistency and a steady growing, until we want to shift and grow in another direction. Based on my experience, focusing on one subject for some time helps a lot!

That’s why I am offering a month long class. I will take a maximum of 10 students because I want to have enough time to dedicate to all of you. I will help you build, or start building, a body of work based on photo references. Creating a body of work, or working in series, will help you learn all you can about one subject. It will help you find consistency which is wonderful if you are planning on exhibiting, creating a portfolio to bring to a gallery, or as simply as sharing your work on social media. And it will help you find your voice!

We will make a plan, create structure, I’ll guide you where you need it and offer accountability for you to start building a consistent body of work. In other words: To paint a bunch with intention!


Preferably being a Happy Habit Alumni or having previous painting experience

To have a painting subject you want to dedicate a month to: Landscape, Cityscape, Still life or Interior. I will be doing a floral demo first day of class.

To have at least 20 photos taken by you to work from for the whole month. Bring them printed or on a tablet (you will choose, with my help, 8 to work from)

To paint most days (you don’t need to finish a painting a day, but you have to paint or sketch most days)

Being flexible! This is a very malleable class. Depending on the painting subject you choose, the content could vary a bit. This will be a growing experience for you and for me!

What will happen during these 2.5 hours?

First I will share technical information (one painting element per week: values, composition, color, consistency and putting it all together) and one well known artist exhibit per week. Then I will assign you homework, do a quick floral painting demo on the first week and will answer any questions you might have. Then you will go to your easel and start your first assignment.


If a week before the class we haven’t reached the minimum amount of students for the class to happen the class will be canceled and students will receive a full refund.

If you cancel less than 15 DAYS prior the start of the class you will not receive a refund. If you must cancel in this time frame we encourage you to find a replacement, and your replacement can reimburse you for your course fee. If you cancel before the 15-day limit you will receive a 50% refund.  Unfortunately, students who start a multiple-day class and are unable to attend any portion will not receive a refund.


Workshops or classes will be canceled or rescheduled if inclement weather (hurricanes, snow storm, tropical storm, black ice, flooding, etc.) is on the forecast, or if a global health issue (pandemic) prevents groups from gathering. No one should take any unnecessary risks. If the workshop is canceled because of these out of our control circumstances, all registration money will be returned to the students minus 3% processing fee. The workshop will be rescheduled if possible for both parties.

A proof of full Covid vaccination will be required to register for any in person Painting Miles workshop or class.

If you have covid symptoms before coming to the workshop, please stay home and a positive covid test result will be required in order to receive a full refund (minus the 3% processing fee).

Suggested supplies list


At least 20 photos taken by you of one topic: landscape, cityscape, interiors, or still life. They need to have at least 2 of these elements in common: subject (examples: roses, your town, houses in your neighborhood, plates, etc), color scheme (ex.: complimentary, split complementary, adjacent, neutrals, etc.) theme (ex.: peace, happiness, spring, movement, etc). You can print your photos to use as reference during class or work from your tablet.

Charcoal and sketchbook (nothing fancy!)

Flat brushes (or your favorite) from #2 to #8 (Silver Bristlon is a good brand) and one signing brush (#0 or #00)

Lukas, Golden or Liquitex acrylic paint

  • Cadmium Red deep
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Cadmium Yellow light or Lemon Yellow
  • Ultramarine Blue (Liquitex or Golden)
  • Pthalo Blue or Cerulean Blue
  • Raw Umber
  • Titanium White
  • Quinacridone magenta

One roll of paper towel

Water Spray

Palette: I like the stay wet Masterson palette, the big one. Palette measures 16″W×12″D. If you don’t have it or don’t want to invest on this yet, a paper palette works too, a big one.

10 Panels or Canvases: I recommend starting small (6×6, 5×7 or 8×8), all the same size, and later (after the class ends) choose your favorite paintings from small studies to go bigger. The format of your panels will depend on how you crop your photo. You can do it the other way around too. If you have at home square canvases and that’s what you want to use, then crop your photos square (we will talk more about this during class). You’ll finish at least 8 small paintings in a month.

A phone to take photos and crop them



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