Taking Advantage of the Unexpected with Carlos San Millán – 2020


This workshop will explore the particular technique of Carlos San Millán, focusing on how to achieve unity and coherence in tones and lights from the beginning through previous underpainting work, chromatic nuances, and light treatment, including those unexpected marks that we will use as wonderful tools in our work.

RESCHEDULED to November 2020

WAIT LIST: When “out of stock”, please e-mail info@paintingmiles.com to be added to the waitlist. Please write “Carlos San Millan’s waitlist” in the subject line. Thanks!

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  • DATE: April 24 – 26, 2020 – RE-SCHEDULED FOR: November 20 – 22, 2020
  • TIME: 10:00am to 5:00pm
  • FEE: $580 (fee includes daily catered lunch by Sucre&Sel)
  • LOCATION: 1401 S. Bloodworth St. Raleigh, NC 27610
  • SUPPLIES LIST: Keep reading, you’ll find it below Cancellation policy
  • MEDIUM: Oils or/and Acrylics
  • LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced / STUDENTS: Max 15 – Min 12


This oil painting workshop will explore the particular technique of Carlos San Millán, focusing on how to achieve unity and coherence in tones and lights from the beginning through previous underpainting work, chromatic nuances, and light treatment, including those unexpected marks that we will use as wonderful tools in our work. Carlos will demonstrate his approach to creating dynamic paintings using everyday interior scenes as inspiration. Students will learn how to use underpainting related to light and color and how to create harmony of light and shapes from the start for a strong finish. The workshop will include discussion on drawing, color, value, and what to do when a painting isn’t working.


“I was born in Spain in 1969 and after living some years in Quito, Ecuador with my family, we are now back in Madrid. My paintings have a big autobiographical component: My subjects belong many times to my immediate environment, to my nearest reality,  largely due to my belief that it is not necessary to go too far to find the universal in everyday things. I would define my work as a continuous searching that becomes frustrating sometimes; I’m a little obsessed with reaching some way to represent things and matter satisfactorily and definitively.”

School of Fine Arts, University of the Basque Country. Bilbao, Spain.
Institut D’Arts Visuels d’Orlèans, France (ERASMUS)


All interested in buying Carlos’ demo (if finished and for sale) will enter a drawing after the price for the demo is set. Last workshop day, a name will be randomly picked, and this person will be able to buy the demo. Good Luck!


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

If you cancel less than 60 DAYS prior to the start of a workshop you will receive half of your registration fee, If you cancel less than 30 DAYS prior the start of the workshop 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 60-day limit you will receive a full refund minus 3% processing fee.  Unfortunately, students who start a multiple-day class and are unable to attend any portion will not receive a refund.


Workshop will be canceled or rescheduled if inclement weather (hurricanes, snow storm, tropical storm, black ice, flooding, etc.) is on the forecast. No one should take any unnecessary risks. If the workshop is canceled, all registration money will be returned to the students minus 3% processing fee.  The workshop will be rescheduled if possible for both parties.


I always work on rigid supports, so I would recommend cotton fine-grane
canvas panels or primed wood painting panels, about 18” x 24”.
Students could also work on traditional canvas but from my point of view this support presents some limitations when working with large palette-knifes.

2 panels, about 18” x 24”,  per student would be fine. You can bring more if you want. We’re going to work alternating on both panels to let the surface get dry and ready for the following session.

Please bring all the panels on day one.

Assorted synthetic round pointed paintbrushes # 3 to 12 aprox.
Assorted synthetic flat paintbrushes # 6 to 12 aprox.
Assorted flat natural hard bristle paintbrushes # 6 to 24 aprox.
Assorted flat natural bristle brushes 1” to 3” width

Other tools:
Painting Miles studio will provide standing studio easels and a side table for palette.
Assorted Industrial Palette knifes between 2” and 8” (available at hardware
Medium-grain sandpaper (3M-600 for instance) in case we need to smooth a
little the sharpen edges of these industrial palette-knifes.
You can also bring any kind of artist palette knifes if you have them.
Cotton rags
Painter’s tape about 1.5” width

Gamsol (not Turpentine)
Liquin (W&N matt)

Specific for DEMOS:
These are the colors I’ll be using during the workshop. You can bring these or your preferred palette. What’s mandatory is to bring acrylics, alkyd oils* or a fast drying medium for the first layers of your paintings, and then switch to oils to finish them. You can keep working with acrylics till the end if you prefer working with acrylics.

*Alkyd oils: http://www.winsornewton.com/row/discover/resources/colour-charts/griffin-fast-drying-oil-colour

IMPORTANT: Please notice that I work exclusively with oils but due to the nature of this workshop and time limitations, I’m going to start painting my demos with acrylics, or alkyd fast drying colors (Griffin type) to get a dry surface in a reasonable time, and using oils for the last stages.

Acrylics / Alkyd Oils
Lemon Yellow
Cadmium Yellow
Cadmium Red
Cyan Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Prussian Blue
Chrome Green
Olive Green
Burnt Sienna
Burnt Umber
Titanium White

You can bring your usual palette

My current oils palette:
This is just a reference in case you want to use similar colors as what I normally use in my studio. Winsor & Newton, Winton, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Daler Rowney are my preferred oil brands but you can use whatever you want.
Cadmium Yellow
Lemon Yellow
Naples Yellow
Naples Yellow Light
Cadmium Red
Carmin Red
Light Red (Terre Red, Venetian Red)
Dark Violet
Light Violet
Grey Violet
Sevres Blue
Cyan Blue
Cobalt Blue
French Ultramarine
Prussian Blue
Phthalo Blue
Sap Green
Olive Green
Permanent Green
Chrome Green
Emerald Green
Burnt Sienna
Burnt UmberRaw Umber
Titanium White

Please bring your own reference photos to the workshop! (you can bring 3 or 4 to choose from) printed or on your tablets.

You can bring any photos related to interiors (including interiors of course), like architecture, urban landscape, etc, and also landscapes. I will demo interiors, but you will be able to apply his technique to any similar theme. I don’t want to give you too many restrictions so you paint what you really want to paint.


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