Class will cover the basic principles of oil painting with regard to painting boats. After the basics are covered, we will start by painting some basic boats and move up to more complicated sailboats throughout the next couple of days. 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.
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 and in the studio. Students will work on small canvases, and the emphasis will be on capturing the time of day, atmosphere and the gesture of the boat, whether large or small, in a quick concise way based on the covered principles. 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 begin to reach the preliminary goals they are striving to meet. Plan to produce several studies and at least one or two larger paintings. Douglas will provide photos to paint from and will include at least one session painting by the nearby marina en plein air (out of doors). 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:
(these are not absolute, just my way of getting to a good result)
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
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.
Oliver Art Center will provide a classroom for the duration of the class, but be prepared to go out of doors once or twice en plein air. The beauty of this class will be painting boats from photos and also painting boats in dock in the marina to really grasp the shape and structure of these vessels.
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