PAINT CITYSCAPES IN OIL
This exciting and fun class will cover the basic principles of oil painting specifically with regard to painting cityscapes. After the basics are covered, we will start by painting some simple street scenes and then move up to larger, more dramatic cityscapes throughout the next two days. 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.
After a brief morning intro and adequate time to mix and set up the palette, Douglas will demo a simple street scene and let the class follow along. Much time will be allowed for individual discussion and review in a systematic rotation. Douglas plans to cover simple street scenes with one and two point perspective. Douglas usually wants everyone to follow his demos with reference he provides so certain lessons can be covered. Students can bring a scene of their choice for the last afternoon, with the understanding there will be no demo for that piece.
Various city scenes will be painted over the 2 day workshop, and some incredible paintings will be accomplished. 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. Plan to produce several paintings. 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:
Or you can bring these supplies...(these are not absolute, just my way of getting to a good result)
brushes - filberts or flats - #2,4,6 maybe 8 or 10 or rounds in these sizes if you prefer rounds over filberts
Please prime all canvas with a thin coat of thinned down Cad Red light and Permalba white to make a pink-salmon tone 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.
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