PAINTING FLORIDA WADING BIRDS
Brand new Workshop! This exciting and fun class will cover the basic principles of oil painting specifically with regard to painting Florida wading birds. After the basics are covered, we will start by painting some single wading birds, then some groups, birds standing, and birds in flight throughout the next couple of days. Great profiles of these very beautiful birds, their reflections and light and shadow, are all some of the things that we will study and paint. For those who have studied with Douglas before, this overview of principles is always a good review, and no matter what the subject, these principles are key, and new discussions and tips are added each season. Each day’s demo will include simple discussions on 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 your 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 adequate time to mix and set up the palette, Douglas will demo a simple mangrove and let the class follow along. Much time will be allowed for individual discussion and review in a systematic rotation.
Various wading birds will be painted over the 3 day workshop and some incredible paintings will be accomplished. 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 paintings. 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:
Please prime all canvas with a thin coat of thinned down Cad Red light and white to make a pink or light red tone on canvas (acrylic is fine to tone canvas).
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. Price approximately $150., while supplies last. Please reserve your kit when registering.
Class Tentative Outline
1st hour: Overview/Review Specifics.
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