Seascape oil painting - Capturing the atmosphere and the essence of the wave
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, building the anatomy of the wave 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. Students will mix paints and learn to mix basic strings of color to help comprehend the preparation/set up to prepare to paint out-of-doors. Students will work on small canvases and the emphasis will be on capturing the time of day, atmosphere and geographical elements along the coast in a quick concise way based on the covered principles. Douglas will help students pare down equipment so only the necessities are taken to the beach. The same beach will be the basis for all 3 days, so Douglas can show repeat areas of study as well as various viewpoints based on time of day. 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.
Class supply list:
Landscape/Seascape MANDATORY 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
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. Douglas also will offer a "BASIC PAINT KIT" (while supplies last) 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. Douglas also will have a few French easels available while supplies last. Call the venue for pricing of this kit.
Seascape Class/Tentative Outline
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