Oil Painting Demo at Albany Hill

Join me on Earth Day, April 22, 2017, at 2 PM for an hour-long demonstration of oil painting methods and materials. This will be quite informal and fun, out on Beautiful Albany Hill near to where I grew up.

I will also have a few books for sale: see the announcement on thew Heyday website.

In cooperation with Friends of Albany Hill, in the East Bay, California.


Are you curious about oil painting landscapes and nature? Come up to the top of Albany Hill on Earth Day for an hourlong demonstration of oil painting methods for painting beautiful local landscapes, by Laura Cunningham, artist and author of A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California.
Beginners welcome, this is a demo to show you the basic materials and starting methods for painting a landscape in oil colors outdoors, using traditional methods. For Earth Day we will also discuss environmentally-friendly and non-toxic materials for painting. You will see some of the techniques I used to paint many of the illustra…

My New Website

Visit my new website: Laura Cunningham Fine Art, at

FASO (Fine Art Studio Online) has put together a nice package for artists to show online galleries, portfolios, announce events, and communicate with viewers. I have had many requests over the years to buy my artwork, so I have put together this website where you may purchase original paintings and drawings. I will be selling prints too later this year. 
I will blog about art, natural history, and science on this website as well, and continue to blog here.
Check this website for upcoming events, book talks, and art workshops. 
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Oil Painting Classes in Shoshone, California, with the Wildflower Bloom

Beginners welcome! If you have never lifted a paintbrush in your life, this class will help you get a start with the wonderful world of oil painting. This workshop is designed for anyone who wants to try painting and learn how to start depicting landscapes and natural history subjects, both indoors and out in the field in the beautiful Mojave Desert.

If you have oil painting experience and want to learn more about traditional techniques I will show you what I have researched about landscape painting methods from history, through the Renaissance to the French Academy, and Impressionism.

The wildflowers should be amazing by mid March--the region has received a lot of rain, and I will take you out to the nearby desert to explore the diversity of plants and wildflowers. We will also do some birdwatching and observations of lizards (and perhaps even a desert tortoise). Death Valley National Park is right next door.

Supplies will be provided! You can bring your own drawing and painting mat…

Oil Painting Classes Coming This Spring to the Desert

I'm organizing a weekend oil painting workshop for late March or April in the town of Shoshone Village CA next to Death Valley National Park. You will be able to come for a day or spend the night for both days. I'll be providing supplies and you can also bring your own for sketching, drawing, and painting. 

This course will be great for absolute beginners who have never lifted a paintbrush, since I will show you all the materials and starting techniques. If you are a seasoned oil painter, you may learn some advanced methods used by traditional landscape oil painters through the centuries that I have extensively researched.

There are motel accommodations available and camping, as well as a cafe. A community center will be our classroom for some presentations I will give about materials and landscape painting techniques. There will be good wildflowers displays nearby from all the rains, and we will take some short field trips to see the scenery. Natural history observation, birdin…
My upcoming book on oil painting and nature will have many paintings that were edited out of my 2010 book, A State of Change. These have not been seen before.

My paleoart images of the White River Badlands fossil beds reconstructions of sabertooth cats, three-toed horses, and titanotheres has just been published in the beautiful book The White River Badlands: Geology and Paleontology, by Rachel Benton, Dennis Terry Jr., Emmett Evanoff, and H. Gregory McDonald, Indaian University Press (Bloomington & Indianapolis) 2015.  I just received a copy in the mail, and it is a richly designed book full of the latest research on the 30-35 million-year-old fossil beds of South Dakota. See my earlier post on 6/5/16 about how I painted these mural images for the museum.

Oil Painting Book Cover

I am experimenting with book covers for my upcoming guide to oil painting (see earlier posts), and here is one idea. It is a large oil on panel painting of a rare melanistic mountain lion, with a deep black color, in a desert canyon. I first heard reports of a black mountain lion by a friend who saw one near Tilden Regional Park in back of the Oakland-Berkeley hills, Contra Costa County, CA. Black mountain lions are apparently somewhat more common in South America.