Some really nice comments from one of the attendees to my last workshop.
“FAVORITE THING — seeing how deliberate, thoughtful and varied your brush strokes are — from stroke one — no mindless house painting.
MOST ENVIOUS OF — your deliberate, thoughtful and varied brush work — and your thoughtfulness in all things – no mindless ANYTHING!! Your eye for interesting shapes and design. Your discipline.
SO NICE TO SEE — you own your talents and abilities. Your self confidence. Your natural way of interacting with people.”
An extension of the last workshop here in my home town. A 3 day workshop painting in the parks and the streets of Winter Park. The focus will be on more advanced skills and methods. Requirements: If you have some skills as a painter or if you have taken a workshop from me before. July date to be announced soon.
Color, Form, Value and Paint Nags Head, NC September 8,9,10 $400
Exploration of the fundamentals of paint and painting on site. Contact Suzanne Morris at SGMPAINTS@aol.com 804-370-0099
Plein air workshop in Romona, CA (near San Diego) 2011 dates TBA www.highlandvalleystudios.com
An idea I’m working on… still:
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico sometime in the near future… I swear
A one week paint together/mentor program. Date TBA I have a friend who lives here and know a lot of people who have gone. They all say the same thing. You gotta go! It’s beautiful, safe. really affordable and the day of the dead festival is a must see. I want to put a group together and rather than make it a workshop where I talk and demo and guide you through the day, we paint together, you look over my shoulder, I look over yours and at the end of the day over margheritas and floutas we talk about what we did and how to make it better. and since it’s a mentorship, it’ll cost less than the standard workshop. If you are a painting peer (you know who you are) and just want to join in, that’s cool too.
I’ll have this all worked out by february. But if you are interested, let me know at email@example.com
Materials list for the plein air oil workshops
Students need to have their own paints, canvas, brushes, easel, etc
A limited pallette of a warm and cool of each primary plus white: cadmium lemon, cad yellow medium, cad red light or permanent red and alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue and prussian blue, titanium white, burnt sienna and tube grays (optional).
Oils Utrecht and Gamblin are the best paints for the money. Daylor-Rowney Georgian is good enough and cheap, winton by windsor newton is better. Rembrandt, Grumbacher are fine.
Buying top of the line paints is good when you are an intermediate painter but the more expensive they are the more you scrimp on paint.
Turpenoid (not turpenoid natural) or Gamsol by Gamblin only please, other odorless thinners aren’t.
Easel an all purpose easel is the full or half french easel, but they are bulky and hard to set up, I recommend a good portable and multifunctional easel that you can get from Open Box M or EasyL through http://www.artworkessentials.com I have several of their boxes and my favorite is the pro-lite for small oil paintings (12×16 and smaller) and the versa for pastels
Also a good easel needs a good tri-pod, you can get one at any photo store but artwork essentials has the best, light weight tripod going.
wood palette (if you are going with the french) no paper palettes, I hate those things.
and a good palette knife, get the kind that has a tapered tip, the long flat ones are not helpful.
Brushes: bristles are great sizes 2-12 flats and filberts. you can also augment with sables for blending. grumbacher makes good brushes. Don’t buy the bag o’ brushes for $2.99, you get what you pay for. but at the same time you don’t need $30 brushes to paint well. My new favs are the Escoda line. they are european and so the sizes are double so a size 8 escoda is like a size 4 grumbacher.
Canvases 8×10’s and 9×12’s only: if you are going to use frederix boards or similar I recommend a brush coat of gesso. also Raymar and Pintura are good fairly inexpensive painting substrates. If you are really ambitious go to Lowes or Home Depot and have them cut sheets of masonite, then give it 3 coats of gesso. My personal fav are canvases from http://www.windriverarts.com they have a huge variety and selection of primings: oil, gesso, alkyd etc you can also order in almost any size you want. get the variety pack to get a feel for the surfaces. the right one makes all the difference.
Can or container to hold turp to clean your brushes.
Artists painting medium by winsor newton or liquin (optional)
Viva paper towels or lots of good paint rags.
Medical gloves if you don’t like getting paint on your hands.
Artists umbrella in case of rain, also artworkessetnials has the best i’ve found so far..
sunscreen, bug spray, water and snacks.