Morgan Irons – The Workshop


ARTIST: Morgan Irons

Date: July 16th – 18th 

Location: Old Main Gallery – 133 E. Main Street

Cost: $600/person

*Please make sure to include your email so we can confirm your registration.

While holding time and respect for the technical nature of painting, this experience was created with the understanding that the making of art goes far beyond the mechanics of putting paint on a surface. This will be an intensive, immersive experience about all aspects of being an artist and the stories we tell.

On a fundamental level, we will be painting in oil and recommend that participants hold an intermediate familiarity with the medium. While the most important thing is a willingness to learn, we will be dancing around some advanced things. However, we will be able to scale most of our goals to meet the needs of individuals.

Below you will find a supplies list, itinerary and a guide to help you prepare for your workshop with Morgan Irons.

Allow your judgments their own silent, undisturbed development, which, like all progress, must come from deep within and cannot be forced or hastened. Everything is gestation and then birthing. To let each impression and each embryo of a feeling come to completion, entirely in itself, in the dark, in the unsayable, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one’s own understanding, and with deep humility and patience to wait for the hour when a new clarity is born: this alone is what it means to live as an artist: in understanding as in creating.In this there is no measuring with time, a year doesn’t matter, and ten years are nothing. Being an artist means: not numbering and counting, but ripening like a tree, which doesn’t force its sap, and stands confidently in the storms of spring, not afraid that afterward summer may not come. It does come. But it comes only to those who are patient, who are there as if eternity lay before them, so unconcernedly silent and vast.

-Rainer Rilke, Letters to a Young Po


DAY 1 Thursday, July 16th

Arrival to Old Main Gallery at 10 am where Irons’ Solo Exhibition will be hung. We will begin the day with a gallery tour and artist talk about the works included the show. Following questions, we will set up for a demonstration and painting time in the upstairs gallery until 5 pm.
Lunch will be catered on this first day at Old Main Gallery. Please email with any dietary restrictions.

DAY 2 Friday, July 17th

We will meet on location for a day of painting at 10 am and work until 5 pm. Specific location to be announced, but it will be in the Bozeman area.
Please bring a packed lunch.

Demonstration & Guided Painting: Painting the Narrative
Irons will demonstrate how she uses the figure in the landscape to tell story. On this first day we will work with models in a simplified setting, focusing on the technical aspects of painting the figure and the landscape cohesively. Our intent will be to spend two full days on a finished painting.

Discussion topics: Painting the Narrative, How to Effectively Tell Stories
At the heart of all great art is an essential truth. As artists we have a responsibility to the stories we are chosen to carry. Part of that responsibility is allowing for those stories to be told in the most authentic way. How do we do this in our paintings?

Day 3 Saturday, July 18th

We will meet on location for a second day of painting at 10 am and work until 5 pm. Specific location to be announced, but it will be in the Bozeman area.
Please bring a packed lunch.

Discussion topics: A Life for Art’s Sake: an Honest Daily Practice
What does a life of art look like? Morgan gives an honest and candid description of the struggles in her personal artistic practice, fighting resistance, fear, and how we can all incorporate more art into our daily lives.

Guided Painting: Painting the Narrative, Part II Cont.
Participants will work towards completing their painting from the day prior with individual guidance. The same models will be present and posed.

Supply List

These are recommendations, please bring whatever you are most comfortable using.

Pochade Box: I recommend the Edge Pro Gear Sketch Book, the New Wave Model, or any pochade box that you can easily maneuver and hike with.

Brushes: I use Rosemary & Co Brushes. My outdoor landscape set is an assortment of small and medium long flats, specifically series 279 Master’s Choice Long Flats. One large bristle brush. A few synthetic round brushes are helpful as well.

Palette Knife

Paint: I use a variety of brands, Gamblin, Michael Harding, M. Graham
(from left to right on my palette)
Raw Umber
Burnt Umber
Ivory Black
Ultramarine Blue
Cobalt Blue
Burnt Sienna
Transparent Red Oxide
Cadmium Orange
Cadmium Yellow
Lemon Yellow
Titanium White
Yellow Ochre
Olive Green (M. Graham)
King’s Blue (Michael Harding)

Medium: Oleogel (Gamblin)

Solvent: Odorless Mineral Spirits (I will provide this for airplane travelers)

Paper Towels

Trash Bag

Backpack Canvas or Linen Panels: Ideally I use Raymar Double Primed Linen Panels, but they are pricey. An alternative is New Traditions Art Panels, or Centurion oil-primed linen panels on Jerry’s Art Arama. Gesso-ed wood panels are also fine and I use them often for landscape painting. Sizes 6” x 8”, 8” x 10” and 11” x 14”.

Air Tight Brush Washer for your solvent

Umbrella can be very helpful in direct sunlight. Ideally one that stakes in the ground for wind.

Insect repellent/sunblock/hat/water bottle prepare for the elements!

Online resources for gear:

Any questions about painting supplies, please contact Morgan at

Also contact Lindsey ( if you would prefer to ship your supplies ahead of time.