Vero Beach Museum of Art / Museum School
2023 Class Workshop Description:
CONTEMPORARY STILL LIFES IN OIL
March 3-5, 2023
9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Not your same old still life! Use classic principles with fresh and loose brushwork to make your still life dynamic, graphic and bold. Includes interesting and memorable discussions on composition, massing, building form, light and shadow: and depending on your own style, knowing when a work is finished (learning how to not overwork your painting). Douglas delivers sound principles of painting that are an incredible foundation for your painting, whether a beginner or seasoned professional.
After the brief morning intro, a very hands-on approach to the class, gets students mixing colors and preparing to paint. Students will work in their own style/technique so that the finished work is their own. Douglas will overview his palette and concepts that his work entails. Students will mix paints and learn to mix basic strings of color to help comprehend how this preparation makes the painting process a little simpler and gets a working understanding of the value/strings of color. Students will work from photos Douglas provides that include Tulips, Peonies, Hydrangea and some other fun things like donuts, bananas and maybe some grapefruit.
An incredible 3 day hands on painting experience will yield a good number of paintings and a logical thought process in a fun yet focused atmosphere to help you guide your future study. Your paintings can be as complicated or as simple as needed. Demos and individual discussions/instruction will help each student to start to begin to reach the preliminary goals they are striving to meet. Plan to produce several paintings in the 3 day workshop. Plan to bring notebook/sketchbook and enjoy some demos along with some great stories to help you remember the principles that are the foundation of Douglas’ teaching.
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 slice of watermelon on a checkered tablecloth. His paintings are beautiful, simple and timeless. After graduating with honors from Herron School of Art, Indiana University, Douglas went on to study for a number of years with Frank Mason, famed instructor from the Art Students League of New York and student of Frank Vincent DuMond. A recipient of numerous regional and national awards and honors, Douglas is a member of many art associations and clubs including Hoosier Salon, Naples Art Association, Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, Salmagundi Club and Southern Vermont Arts Center. Douglas’s teaching is a way of giving back and sharing some of his journey with those who choose to study with him. He loves to share insights into the DuMond Palette with his students and bases all of his teachings on classic principles. Douglas’s work has been chosen for many private and public collections, including the Vice President’s residence, the United States Embassy to Sierra Leone, and most recently, by request of Ambassador Donnelly, the United States Embassy to the Holy See (Vatican City). 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)
Oils - Utrecht (order from Dick Blick) Cad. Red Light, Aliz Crim., Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Green, Ultram. Blue, Ultram. Violet, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Green, Green Earth Hue, Sap Green, Prussian Green, Yellow Ochre, Ivory Black, large tube of “Permalba” White
OPTIONAL Oils - Greenish Umber Mixture, Burnt Sienna, Jaune Brilliant No 2. Holbein Ivory White, Cad Medium and Cad Red Dark
disposable palette pad
brushes- filberts or flats- #2,4,6 maybe 8 or 10 or rounds in these sizes if you prefer rounds over filberts.
a few throw away bristle brushes from hardware store in 1" and 2-2.5" sizes
a 1-2" foam brush from hardware store
Canvases- Quantity: 2-3 5"x7", 2-3 8"x10", 2-3 10"x20" or 12"x16" or 16"x20" (or whatever size desired for larger paintings)
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.
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:
1st hour: Welcome/Overview of Class/Discuss principles with demos to explain ideas and concepts.
2nd hour: Mix Palette (Strings of colors).
Lunch: Brown bag.
Entire Afternoon: Paint in studio based on principles discussed in demo. Douglas moves through the group in a rotation so everyone gets equal time.
1st hour: Overview/Review Specifics.
All of second day: Paint in studio. Douglas moves through the group in a rotation so everyone gets equal time.
Lunch: Brown bag.
All of Third day: Paint in studio. Douglas moves through the group in a rotation so everyone gets equal time.
Lunch: Brown Bag.
Last hour: In the last hour, after cleaning up, review of your 3 days of work ends workshop on a very high note.