This three-day workshop will focus on painting “alla prima” (all at once) as well as developing greater skills of observation, simpliﬁcation and quickly painting “wet on wet” to create strong artistic and “painterly” paintings. Beginning with a brief discussion on oil painting basics (from materials to paint handling), the workshop will also address the fundamentals of color, value, edges, perspective and other “practical” elements related to successful painting. Participants will work on still life paintings comprising single and multiple objects, as well as painting from photo references. Instruction will include a short painting demo by Dan each day, with explanation of his process along the way. Participants will then do multiple timed painting exercises, incorporating the techniques discussed with plenty of one-on-one individual instruction throughout each day. This workshop is designed for beginning to advanced painters in both acrylic and oil mediums. Participants are encouraged to bring still life objects and photos to paint from.
SPACE IS LIMITED so register early. Participants supply their own art supplies and equipment (easels are provided). For registration and suggested supply list, contact The Society of Bluﬀton Artists.
Suggested Supply List:
Floor and/or table easels are provided – however, please bring a paint mixing palette to use (Masterson plastic artist palette is a good option). If you would like to invest in your own portable/field easel, some good brands are:
Note: Please practice using and setting up your easel BEFORE the
workshop. Your workshop time is better spent painting rather than figuring out your easel!
- Solvent container with clamping lid (I recommend Da Vinci brand or similar)
- Oil paint (any brand of artist quality paint). Suggested colors (also the colors I use):
- Ultramarine Blue
- Manganese Blue
- Sap Green
- Burnt Sienna
- Burnt Umber
- Alizarin Crimson
- Cadmium Red
- Cadmium Yellow
- Yellow Ochre
- Titanium White
- Unless you are a beginner, you may bring any limited color palette you arecomfortable with using.
- Brushes: I recommend hog bristle brushes or good quality synthetic brushes for oil painting. Bring a mixture of Filberts, Flats, and Rounds in various sizes (4, 6, 8, 10,) with one sable rigger (liner). I use Robert Simmons Signet series (hog bristle) and Rosemary & Co. Ivory series (synthetic). Don’t bring worn out brushes.
- Panels: You will use 3 to 4 panels per day. Your choice of panel sizes ( 6×8, 8×10, 9×12) – no larger than 9×12 for this workshop. Please bring panels rather than stretched canvas and avoid panels with too “slick” a surface.
- Medium with cup or container for medium (optional)
- Graham’s Walnut Alkyd Medium- a fast drying and non-toxic product, Gamblin Neo Megilp.
- Solvent – ODORLESS artist quality turpentine (Gamsol or Turpenoid). Do not bring hardware store turpentine – it is not healthy for you or the people around you.
- Paper towels and plastic grocery bags for used paper towels
- Painting clothes (please wear clothing that you don’t mind getting a little oil paint on).
- disposable gloves (optional)
- wet panel carrier (optional)
- bag lunch, bottled water
Online Art Stores for Supplies and Equipment: