Paint Like Maxfield Parrish with Acrylic


The early 20th century painter and illustrator Maxfield Parrish was known for his saturated and colorful paintings like Daydream. To create his luminous oil paintings, he painted with many thin layers of transparent glazes. His technique is rarely replicated due to the time consuming nature of oil paint glazes. Each glaze has to be dried thoroughly before another layer of glaze is applied. It can take weeks to finish an oil painting in the Parrish technique. This workshop will help you achieve Parrish’s technique using acrylic paint in much a shorter time.

Taking advantage of the fact that acrylic dries much faster, Wayne has adapted the Parrisih technique to acrylic. Instead of weeks, one can finish multiple layers of the Parrish technique under two hours. In this workshop you will learn:

Both online and in person workshops will include painting demos, student work feedback sessions, slideshow presentations, and eye training exercises. These combinations of activities are designed to help refine your painting techniques and observation skills. Photo references will be provided for all painting assignments. Students are welcome to bring their own photo references for their own paintings.

In person workshops will have extended painting sessions. During these sessions, students will get one-on-one mentoring from Wayne.

Online workshop students will have access to download a video file of the painting demo to refer to so they can paint along at home at their own pace. There will be critiques at the beginning of some of the classes.

Online workshop students are responsible for knowing how to:


Demo paintings and slide presentations from past workshops:



Wayne's paintings using techniques taught in this workshop: