Boats, Birds & Waterways in Oil
Working from your personal photo references, explore techniques of painting landscape scenes which include ocean, river, lake or marsh views, along with boats, wading birds or shorebirds common to Florida’s waterways. This is an opportunity to work in the direct oil painting method (alla prima), and/or the indirect method of applying oil paint in layers to build more structured and detailed paintings. Some aspects of composition and design in landscape painting will be covered. We will use the three-value sketch to determine the best design for your paintings, possibly combining elements from different photo references. Demonstrations will cover techniques for painting reflections in water, variations in foliage, achieving distance/depth with value and temperature changes, and manipulating edges.
Prerequisites are Oil Painting I and Drawing I, or equivalent experience
SUPPLY LIST Canvas: A variety of sizes up to 16” x 20” (primed cotton or linen); (Buying pads of primed cotton canvas sheets is a great option, more cost effective) Oil paint: Either traditional or water-soluble; Titanium White plus a warm and a cool of each primary color; (Recommended pigments are Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Permanent, Cadmium Lemon, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Ultramarine Blue, and Thalo Blue); Earth pigments: Yellow Ochre, and Burnt Sienna or Transparent Oxide Red; Optional pigments: Cadmium Orange, Viridian, Quinacridone Violet, Burnt Umber (Bring the pigments you like and are accustomed to working with; these are just suggestions!) Medium of your choice (Liquin Original, Galkyd, Solvent-Free Gel, etc.) Solvent: Odorless Mineral Spirits (preferably GAMSOL – it has lowest amount of harmful aromatics); Palette or Grey Matters Palette Pad, and optional Sealed Palette Box (Masterson) – A 12” x 16” mixing surface is desirable, and you’ll need to transport wet paint home; Brushes: An assortment of long-handled, bristle brushes, flats and filberts, sizes 4 to 10; Palette knife, solvent container, wet wipes, and small sketch book/pencil/eraser. Reference photos you have taken of relevant subject matter, printed, at least 8” x 10.”
Beth is inspired by American impressionists, and endeavors to capture the beauty of our Florida waterways and wildlife using traditional oil paint and methods. Her work has been exhibited at Leu Gardens, the Art League of Daytona Beach, the Casselberry Art House, and the Mt. Dora Center for the Arts. She is currently a member of Studio 807 on Virginia Drive in Orlando, and teaches oil painting and color classes at the Crealdé School of Art.Instructor Bio