Boca Grande Art Center
2018 Class Workshop Description:

Sound principles to help you capture the atmosphere and the wave
March 9-10, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

A very popular workshop over the past few years returns! Class will cover the basic principles of oil painting with regard to seascape painting. Painting out-of-doors, en plein-air will be a major focus of the study after the basics are covered. Discussions and lectures on basic composition, massing, building form, light and shadow, near and far, capturing and developing atmospheric distance and depending on your own style, knowing when a work is finished (learning how to not overwork you painting). Students will work in their own style/technique so that the finished work is their own.

Douglas will overview his palette and concepts his work entails. After a brief morning intro and a time to mix palettes and pare down materials, Douglas will have students on the beach right after lunch working on their seascape! Students will work on small canvases and the emphasis will be on capturing the time of day, atmosphere and geographical elements in a quick concise way based on the covered principles. Douglas will help students pare down equipment so only the necessities are taken out of doors. The same general area will be the basis for both days. Depending on the skill level of each student, students are able to grow and develop at a rate that is to their comfort. Demos and individual discussions/instruction will help each student to begin to reach the preliminary goals they are striving to meet. Plan to produce several studies and at least one larger painting. Plan to bring notebook/sketchbook and enjoy some demos along with some great stories to help you remember these principles that are the foundation of Douglas’ teaching.

Douglas’ Biography
Douglas David has painted his way across the country, capturing the beauty and spirit of the things he loves - tranquil country landscapes, sunrises and sunsets on his favorite beaches, a simple pitcher of spring lilacs or peonies, a lemon, lime or a slice of watermelon on a checked tablecloth. Paintings that reflect comfort, warmth meaning and simplicity: similar to everything important to him - his close knit family, life-long friendships, creatively fulfilling work and giving his best. A recipient of numerous regional and national awards and honors, Douglas’ teaching is a way of giving back and sharing some of his journey with those who choose to study with him. For more detailed information, visit www.douglasdavid.com.

Class supply list:

Douglas will offer a “BASIC PAINT KIT” which includes all the basic oils, brushes, palette knife, palette and canvas panels and medium for those who do not want to buy these supplies individually. You would need to bring some paper towels and rubber gloves. Price $150., while supplies last. Please reserve your kit when registering.

Or you can bring these supplies...
(these are not absolute, just my way of getting to a good result)
Outdoor French easel (Some sort of an easel for outdoor painting is necessary. A 1/2 box Julian French easel is Douglas' choice.)

mineral spirits

Seascape oils- Utrecht brand(or your favorite brand) Cad. Red Light, Aliz Crim., Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Green, Ultram. Blue, Ultram. Violet, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Green, Green Earth Hue, Prussian Green, Yellow Ochre, “Permalba” White, Unbleached Titanium, (OPTIONAL oils- Holbein brand- Ivory White, Jaune Brilliant Greenish Umber Mixture, Sap Green Burnt Sienna, Jaune Brilliant No 1, 2, 3 and or 4 , Cad. Orange, Cad. Red Medium, Cad. Yellow Light, Ivory Black)

Paper Towels, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat, Water
Backpack (or some simple way to carry paint and supplies)
disposable palette pad, palette knife
brushes- filberts- #2,4,6 maybe 8 or 10
rounds- in above sizes if you prefer round over filberts.
rounds- in really small like #0,1, or 2- to be able to put in some detail and sign
a few throw away bristle brushes from hardware store in 1" and 2-2.5" sizes
Canvases- Quantity 2-3 5"x7", 2-3 8"x10"
1-2 10"x20" or 12"x16" or 16"x20" or 15"x30" (or whatever size desired for larger painting)
And anything else student needs to help them paint well and feel comfortable.

Please prime all canvas with a thin coat of thinned down Cad Red light and Permalba white to make a pink or light red tone on canvas. (This can be done first thing in class if needed).

Douglas has a “suitcase of supplies” he brings along, it includes some recommended books, and some supplies in case a few students need a few items that are forgotten.

Class Tentative Outline

Day 1
1st hour: Welcome/Overview of Class.
2nd hour: Discuss principles with demos to explain ideas and concepts.
3rd hour: Mix Palette (Strings of color/organize for painting out of doors).
Lunch: Grab lunch before heading to the beach.
Afternoon: On location - Paint study First afternoon - everyone painting out of doors.

Day 2
1st hour: Brief review in studio.
Morning: On location.
Lunch: Brown bag or grab lunch on way back to Art Center.
Afternoon: Work in Art Center, in studio.
Last hour: Review each student's work and accomplishments during condensed workshop.

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