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Finding the Light: An Approach to an Inspired Painting

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June 23, 2022
June 26, 2022
10:00 - 4:00

Workshop Overview

Why we make something, how we see, and how both can guide our eyes and hands can be fundamental to making stronger and more personal work. Using a variety of source materials, including still life, we will explore and play with the language and process of painting from value and color to mark making and composition, finding ways to create more inspired work with presence, weight, form and space. We will draw, paint, make some messes, discuss and critique. This workshop will touch on many aspects of building a successful painting. Not intended for a first time painter.

About the Instructor(s)

Scott Conary (RISD, BFA '93) has been a working painter for more than 25 years with work in collections across the country. He is best known for his still life paintings that bridge realism and abstraction, and are often inspired by his experiences as a father. His focus when  teaching is on helping the students develop the tools, from technique to studio practice, to express their ideas.

Materials List: Students Bring

• Any traditional paint materials are welcome. Most participants will be working with oils or acrylics.

• Note: This material list is aimed at those working with oils. Paints come in a wide range of qualities and price points, and colors can vary from brand to brand. When shopping for paint, if possible, try to buy artist grade instead of student grade paints. Every artist has their favorite colors, and the more you paint, the more colors you may want.

• The following is a suggested palette. Please bring the following colors or your preferred substitute, plus any additional colors you enjoy (standard 37ml tubes or smaller are fine)

   White (Titanium or Titanium/Zinc White)

   Black (Ivory or Mars/Ivory)

   Yellow Ochre or Gold Ochre

   Burnt Sienna

   Burnt Umber

   Ultramarine Blue

   Cadmium Red (medium) or Naphthol Red

   Quinacridone Magenta and/or Alizarin Crimson Permanent

   Cadmium Yellow Deep, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Hansa Yellow (or Winsor Yellow, produced by Winsor & Newton), or Cadmium Yellow Hue*

    *hues are substitutes that are much less toxic and less expensive, but often not as saturated and rich

• Suggested additional colors:

   Phthalo Blue (Green shade if indicated)

   Dioxazine purple

   Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Orange hue, Pryolle Orange, or Gamblin’s Permanent Orange.

   Raw Umber

• Paint Medium (if working with oils) Note: You are not obligated to use a certain medium but for a workshop or class, an alkyd medium that dries faster can be ideal. One of the following (a small bottle is fine) or your favorite

• Gamblin Galkyd. Either the gel or liquid (regular or lite). This is my preferred medium

• Winsor Newton Liquin

• Solvent (if working with oils) Note: Due to the sensitivity some have for many solvents, please bring either Turpenoid (regular Turpenoid, not Turpenoid Natural) or Gamsol. For managing fumes, Gamsol is amongst the best available. If you are traveling by plane and cannot bring solvent, some will be available for a nominal fee.

• Brushes: A selection of brushes suitable for oil (or acrylic) paint, bristle or synthetic. A mixture of sizes, at least three or four brushes, ranging from 3/16" to at least 1" in width. Brights or Flats preferred. Plus any favorites.

• Painting knife. Metal and small with a head no more than 2" in total length. Examples: Dick Blick #44, #46, or #6, Liquitex #5 or #16, Loew Cornell #12.

• A disposable palette, wooden, or glass , or one suitable for travel, large enough for days of painting. Or your preference. Medium or large size. Disposable palettes are ideal for a workshop setting.

• Panels to paint on. For our purposes, smaller is often ideal. From 5" x 7" to 11" x 14" or so. Commercially available panels such as Ampersand Gessoboard can work well. I will also bring some samples of the panels I typically use. I will have some available for purchase.

   Note: If you have a favorite surface to paint on, feel free to bring it. Please bring at least a few of different sizes. Avoid the cheapest pre-stretched canvases. They have              a strong and intrusive texture that is especially troublesome in smaller sizes.

• Pencil

• Charcoal (I prefer vine charcoal - medium or soft)

• Eraser (an old fashioned pink eraser can work well)

• Sketch or drawing pad. Lighter weight (60 lbs paper) is fine. At least 8" x 10"

• Rags or Paper Towels (blue shop towels work well)

• Two containers with lids for solvent. Glass or metal

• One small container for painting medium (e.g. baby food jar)

• Messy clothing. Paint goes places you don't mean it to go.

• Nitrile gloves (keeps hands clean. You can buy them at hardware store). This is somewhat optional. I always make a mess and always use gloves.

• Painting subjects: Please bring at least a few objects that you might find interesting and are of modest size. Glass items (jars, wine glasses, etc) and botanicals (a flower, piece of produce, etc) can be ideal. Unless you're really excited about a particular subject, resist the urge to choose something overly complicated or bizarre. And please be willing to share. Remember, even something as simple as an egg can be absorbing and challenging.

• Please also have some photographs, printed or on a device, that you can use as source material. They can be most anything - clipped from a magazine, family photos, favorite paintings, etc.


• Easels will be available, but if you have a favorite easel that’s well suited to travel and not too large, consider bringing it

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Solvent (Gamsol or Turpenoid)

• Two panels for painting

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