This incredible workshop will help you get comfortable with the process of painting large canvases. The class includes interesting and memorable discussions on all the basic elements of painting including, 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, and whether a beginner or a more accomplished painter, it will make sense. Douglas’ approach to painting large canvas is very simple, and he helps you walk through various steps and stages so you can manage and maneuver through larger canvases.
After the brief morning intro, a very hands-on approach to the class, gets students organized and preparing to paint. Students will learn how to set up their palette with the basic colors and understand why this is helpful and key to painting more quickly and more easily. Douglas will overview his palette and concepts that his work entails and do a subsequent demonstration painting throughout the next few days for each subject that the class paints. There is nothing to be afraid of or self conscious of and Douglas will get you through all the tricky parts of painting larger canvases, and you will have fun.
Students will work in their own style/technique so that the finished work is their own. The class will be a combination of still life setups and photo reference provided by Douglas, including a floral, a seascape and a landscape. Depending on the skill level of each student, students are able to grow and develop at a rate that is to their comfort. Plan to produce a large painting (16" x 20" or larger) each of the 3 days. Plan to bring notebook/sketchbook and enjoy all the demos along with some great stories to help you remember these principles that are the foundation of Douglas’ teaching.
Class supply list:
Oils - Utrecht (or your favorite brand) 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, Cad. Orange, Cad. Yellow Light, Ivory Black, “Permalba” White
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.
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