PAINTING SEASCAPES, BEACHES AND DUNES IN OIL
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. Whether just starting out or a seasoned painter, sound principles are a key foundation. Discussions and lectures on composition, massing, building form, light and shadow, 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. We work in studio the first morning to set up our palettes and pare down our materials as we will not need lots of supplies on the beach. Then we go to the beach that afternoon for the duration of the day. The second and third days we start at the beach and return to the studio in the afternoon to touch up and work on our paintings.
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. Douglas will be able to assist students with mixing and will review individual students a few times during each session or set up. Plan to produce several studies and at least one or two larger more finished paintings, depending on skill level. 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.
A small informal group show will end the class on a high note as we share our accomplishments in this condensed time of study. After our first morning lecture, setting up our palette and organizing our gear, we will head to the beach for the first afternoon, en plein air (out of doors). Douglas will provide photos to paint from in case of weather related issues. Brown bag lunch is the best way to keep the momentum and flow going over the 3 days of the workshop.
Class supply list:
Or you can bring these supplies...(these are not absolute, just my way of getting to a good result)
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.
*Douglas will help each student as much as possible in a rotation manner that is fair to all students as time permits.
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