Billyo O'Donnell Fine Art


Scottsdale Artists School presents: PLEIN AIR PAINTERS OF AMERICA, ‘MASTER SERIES’ FIVE-DAY WORKSHOP with Billyo O’Donnell, Randy Sexton, Gay Faulkenberry, and George Strickland

May 18-22, 2020/ Monday-Friday/ 5 days


On Monday, all students will attend an all-day lecture series during which each instructor and guest speaker Matt
Smith will each lecture for approximately one hour. There will be four days of instruction (Tuesday-Friday). Students will sign up for two, 2-day workshops with two instructors of their choice.

artist panel Thursday evening 6-8 pm at Western Spirit; Scottsdale’s Museum of the West will be included in the cost of tuition for participating students.

There is no online registration for the PAPA workshops.

Please call Nicole Fehr (480-990-1422 X 203) to register and select your artists.

Scottsdale Artists’ School cancellation policies apply.

In this Master Series PAPA workshop, instructors will focus on the important information needed to improve both field and studio work. Workshops will be a combination of field and studio weather permitting. Transportation and a portable easel are required


Founded in 1986, the Plein Air Painters of America started as a small group of artists dedicated to painting the landscape directly from life. Today we have 40 active members who participate in annual gatherings, museum exhibitions, and Master-level workshops.

Billyo will demonstrate and lecture to the group and personalize his instruction for the individual. This will be an in-depth workshop on painting from life, on location, for the intermediate to the beginner artists. Billyo will strive to give each student a solid understanding of the visual experience and his working method through the painting process and lectures while engaging each artists in understanding of the concept. 

Each student is encouraged to bring 2 paintings on the first day for discussion. This is for everyone to learn from and give Billyo a better idea of your needs. 

Artists may work in Oils or Acrylics.

MATERIAL LIST for Billyo’s workshop

The following is a SUGGESTED LIST of supplies. I prefer to work in oils but if you use acrylics this is not a problem.

Those who will be using ACRYLICS: the colors are pretty much the same.

Billyo’s Palette: 

If you have a pre-existing palette you are welcome to use it and I will work with you.

If you are a beginner you are welcome to use student grade oil colors which are more affordable. I use a combination of brands: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Yellow Orange (also called Cad Yellow Medium), Cadmium Red (also called Scarlet Red), Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, and Viridian.


Bring any brushes you would like. The following are the ones I like to use. 

The brushes I personally prefer using: 

Extra Long Filbert, Sizes  #2, #4, and #8

Rigger brush (also called Liners), size, #2 and #4. 

Metal Palette Knife, medium size.

Gamsol made by Gamblin is what I prefer, or odorless mineral spirits available at most hardware stores. This maybe something you can pick up at the Scottsdale Artists School.

Container to clean brushes, I prefer the Holbein Portable Brush Washer. Often there are times when I have used a glass jar with a screw on lid, like a pickle jar with a piece of wire screen folded over in the bottom.

Palette, a panel about 12×16 inches in surface area is all you need. There is a plastic Tupperware style palette holder called “Masterson” that many artists use and this can be picked up at most art suppliers. It holds a 12×16 palette. 

Canvas’s or Panels: 9×12, 11×14, but no larger than 12×16. 

Easel, I suggest the half box french easel, $60-$80 or a full french easel. There are many other new types of outdoor easels on the market any of these should work well. 

Paper towels, Viva and or Bounty are my favorite, Sketch / notebook, Sunscreen, Bug spray, Hat with a brim and a light weight folding chair. 

I will have on hand some extra art material and panels from this list if you forget something or your unable to find some of the materials.