Plein Air with Julie Rodgers

Workshop Dates: Sept 22-23rd with Julie Rodgers
The schedule for the workshop is 8am-6pm with a 2hour lunch.


I love to paint plein air! We learn so much from nature. This class will focus on seeing.  We need to be able learn to see from life color, value and design. We will study

  1. learning to see
  2. principles of design
  3. use the power of simplicity



 Julie Rogers grew up in the small town of Goshen, Utah working on a ranch. The country lifestyle became a part of her as she learned to love animals, work hard, and enjoy the beauty of simplicity. Julie started to develop her talents in art at a very young age, she began drawing in kindergarten and painting in 6th grade. After high school Julie studied fine art at Brigham Young University. It was there that her talent really began to blossom. At age 21 she then served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Boise, ID.

Serving a mission really helped Julie to have the desire to continue serving and reaching out to those who need the gospel. To this day she has continued that great work through her art. What sets her apart from any other artists is Julie's unique ability to capture the light of the soul. Julie has always been especially drawn to paint the stories of the pioneers. As she got married and became a young mother she would dress her children in pioneer clothing and in the soft glow of the evening she would paint. Julie is the mother of five children, three boys and two girls. Because of her own experience, she desired to comfort mothers who had lost their little ones. From the lifeless and heartbreaking images given to grieving parents of stillborn babies she began painting those precious little ones happy and healthy in the Savior's hands, Giving hope and comfort has always been Julie's goal.

Being a mother has in so many ways added great depth to Julie's work, as motherhood can bring the greatest happiness and sorrow in life. From helping her children fight illness to comforting them through heartbreak, Julie has always done everything in her power to help her children find success. Through the joy and the tears she has been able to more fully understand the pioneers she paints. Her message is never intended to depress, only to inspire.

Currently Julie enjoys spending time with her husband and visiting her children. She most especially enjoys spoiling her 12 grandchildren. Julie also enjoys photography, cooking, fishing, and horseback riding.

"I love to record the simple things people do each day and capture the emotion of the moment. I love to paint light as it dances around a subject, especially the human figure. It is my desire to not only paint the physical being, but the personality and sense of soul."

"Children are my favorite subjects as they portray innocence, purity, and sincere inquisitiveness that is unique to their age. I only pray that as an artist, I may stir the heart of the viewer to a heightened sense of peace and joy."


  • Out door plein air easel
  • With tripod
  • Umbrella (optional)
  • Sketching materials for gathering field references and working through design graphite( 6B, charcoal or pen 
  • Paper towels
  • Flats  a variety of you choice (4,10,12)
  • Rounds 2, 4
  • Oil paint
  • Bring what you love
  • Basics
  • White
  • Lemon yellow
  • Cad yellow deep
  • Yellow ochre
  • Transparent red ( burnt sienna)
  • Transparent brown
  • Cad red
  • Alizarin crimson  
  • Burnt umber
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Cobalt blue 
  • cerulean blue
  • Viridian
  • Solvents with a cup
  • Mediums
  • Trash bag
  • Canvas boards small to med
  • Pastel sanded boards
  • Variety of pastels to your liking. Covering a range of colors and value. 
  • 140-300 lb paper
  • Field easel
  • Brushes flats 3/4 to 2”, rounds- 7- 24
  • Palette
  • Water container
  • Tape (white art tape)
  • A variety of colors that you like.