Mountain Challenge-Painting Cold Mountain


Weekend Workshop: September 21-23, 2012  We will start in the studio and take an excursion to paint Cold Mountain on location. Pack your gear, bring your lunch and a thermos. I have painted Cold Mountain with its ever changing and unique weather systems over 25 times. Each visit is unique. Join me on this three day excursion. Learn more and RSVP here…

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Workshop: Color and Atmosphere – Phenomenal Painting


Weekend  Workshop          August 24 -26, 2012    9am – 4pm

Learn to add atmosphere to your oil paintings and capture phenomena like fog, mist, reflections, rain, shadows and snow using a tonal layers. Using layering and veils of paint, we will work in the open air. Bring sunscreen, folding chair and portable easel. Check in for materials list.

Bring lunch and a beverage. 9am – 4pm  Fee:  $175.

Asheville Workshop Schedule


Special & trees

Make it Real!  Studio Workshops Here in Asheville     

Learn more about these special techniques in oils

  • Studio Composition
  • Nature’s Texture
  • Painting Atmosphere
  • Expedition to Cold Mountain
  • Color, Paint & Pigments

Join me for one or a series of weekend painting workshops in my studio or on location. These are affordable and convenient classes here in Asheville beginning in March.

Summer workshop studentView the schedule and descriptions with information on how to sign-up. These are small classes for 6 to 8 people and are in my studio. Easels are available. You can bring your lunch (we have a limited kitchen, coffee, microwave) or take time to visit local area restaurant.  One class will be a special expedition to paint Cold Mountain.

Please contact me if you have questions or need more information.



Late Winter? Early Spring…


John Mac Kah Copyright 2002


Cold Mountain, Spring was completed in the winter of 2004 and finished just as the trees began to bud out. Some species take on a peculiar red-brown tone in certain light.  Later as leaves emerge, they gray and turn green. Maples are particularly vibrant, deep red and take on this color early as they produce blooms.  Some trees’ are actually as colorful at this time of year as in fall, but its subtle and the season short,  more ephemeral. It is very hard to capture in paint, by the time you notice and get started, the effect is gone.

Available as an archival reproduction, 20 x 30″ on canvas or paper. The original is in a private collection.