Absolutely Abstracts: The Art of Color – Jodi Ohl

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This is a 2-Day Workshop to be held Saturday & Sunday, August 10 and 11, from 10am – 5pm each day, with a break for lunch.


During this weekend workshop focused on abstract painting, you’ll have plenty of time to relax and dive into your work yet be gently guided and encouraged by your instructor and fellow students.

Words of advice… Abstract painting can be both invigorating and frustrating. This weekend we are going to let go of expectations as we fully immerse ourselves in the processes.

You’ll be encouraged to trust your instincts, as the answers should come from within and not from outside sources. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes – learn from the ‘opportunities’ that appear by happenstance (very often, those unexpected outcomes can lead to the most amazing parts of our work). As we focus on design and color, understand that the path to the finish line isn’t always a smooth and lateral exploration. If things came too easily, would they really be worth the journey?

We will cover many processes and techniques throughout the workshop but, just like many things in life, there are many steps that can be skipped, repeated, or altered. The more you explore, the more likely you are going to find what works for you, and most importantly, what makes YOUR heart sing.

Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone and join in this creative experience?

Minimum students per class: 10
Maximum students per class: 20


KIT FEE: $47.63 ($44 + tax) Paid at time of registration – provided by instructor on day of workshop


  • Jerry’s Jumbo Jet Pencil
  • White Neo Color Crayon
  • Make-up Sponges
  • Mixed Media Paper
  • Deli Paper
  • Palette Paper
  • Handout

Additional Supplies covered with the tuition of your course: Several mixed media papers for warm-up exercises, shared assorted stencils, collage material, gel mediums, and a wide array of drawing tools. Plus, some extra goodies!

SHARED SUPPLIES for classroom use (provided by instructor):

  • Modeling Paste
  • Gesso
  • Glazing Medium
  • Matte Medium
  • Scrapers
  • Palette Knives
  • Stencils
  • Some Paint

Also available for purchase:

  • Assorted artwork, note cards, bookmarks, magnets, my book, and a few key extra supplies.

Note: If Someone would like me to ship their substrate to the classroom, I can do so for an extra $20. Please contact Jodi if you would like to do this: jodi@jodiohl.com

Students must provide the following supplies (click to download PDF version):

  • 1 – 16×16 to 20×20 canvas
  • Brushes – Assorted brushes that you feel comfortable with. Keep in mind, we will be working on at least one larger painting so please bring at least one medium to large flat or round brush. I tend to use mostly flat brushes with a few round brushes mixed into my collection. (Please read Jodi’s additional information regarding student supplies for more information.)  *
  • Assorted Paints (Please read Jodi’s additional information regarding student supplies for more information.)  *
  • Palette (If you have a palette, especially one with a cover, you may want to bring that long as well; otherwise palette paper will be made available)
  • 1-2 Scrapers
  • Catalyst Wedges
  • Palette Knives (Jodi likes to use each of the last three listed supplies to apply both paint and gel mediums. (Please read Jodi’s additional information regarding student supplies for more information.) *


  • Stencils, collage material (see class description)

Jodi’s additional information regarding student supplies:

I have so many brushes that it’s hard to pick a favorite, but I tend to like brushes that are soft and sturdy like the Princeton Catalyst brushes or Jerry’s ‘store’ brand that mimics the catalyst brushes. I also would suggest one larger brush too. Here is a link to the Mimik Hog brushes from Jerry’s. They have a 17-piece set that is more than they will need, but a great value if you are in the market for new brushes:

Princeton brushes-I especially like the 4 & 6 size of either the bright shader (has more roundness to it) and the flat shader:

Economical but still very good–I like the super shader or the multi-stroke sets:

For a larger brush, the #40 golden taklon flat is a good option.
NOTE–it’s not critical to have this, but if someone is serious about abstract painting and or painting large, large brushes are key:

*Catalyst Wedges:
My preferred, especially for adding modeling paste:

Catalyst Blade:
Great for ‘Palette Knife’ like painting:

Palette Knife:
Here is a nice 5-piece assortment.

Especially one with a cover. I like to use the one shaped like a traditional painter’s palette; there are others with a bit of a wall that can be covered easily in this listing too:

*Assorted disposable palette papers:

Soft Body titanium white, fluid Titan buff, black as well as 6 or so additional colors in a palette of your choice. To create a wide array of palettes, consider both light and dark colors, whether or not you want warm or cool colors in your painting. Some colors I always include in my palette along with the above mentioned are: Quinicridone Nickel Azo Gold, Payne’s Gray, Teal, Green Gold, Magenta, Cad Red, Diarylide Yellow, Yellow Ochre. Choose colors you love, and we will work on ways to mix colors that will coordinate in many different combinations.

Optional: Small assortment of lightweight collage papers and stencils.
Art journal to use for idea collecting and to build backgrounds with excess paint.

*If you have room and would like to bring a couple of small paintings you are working on but would like to re-do or enhance, feel free to bring them along. (Note, space is limited so please only bring small to medium sized paintings.)


  • Bring a sack lunch or plan to make a delivery order. A refrigerator is available for student use. Bottled water is provided.
  • Studio Rules: Closed-toe shoes are required. Do not wear loose clothing that could get caught in rotary tools. Wear long hair tied back.


Multiplicity Shop – 832.437.2442 or Multiplicity Studio – 832.437.6329
Payment is required at time of registration.


Join Multiplicity and Jodi Ohl for an Artist Meet-N-Greet on August 9 from 6pm-8pm.


If minimum enrollment is not met within 30 days of the start date, the Visiting Artist may cancel the workshop. In this instance, all paid students will be fully refunded.

If students cancel their enrollment 30 or more days from the start date of a paid Visiting Artist Workshop, they will receive a full refund. Cancellations within 29 or fewer days from the start date of a paid Visiting Artist Workshop will not be refunded.