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Plein Air Landscape

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August 19, 2022
August 22, 2022
8:30 - 2:30

Workshop Overview

Explore the beauty of the coast with oil, acrylic or watercolor paints. This workshop offers beginning and experienced painters the opportunity to hone perceptual skills as they learn to work with the changing light and weather of the landscape. Special attention will be given to both the practical and expressive concerns of plein air painting. In the case of inclement weather, we will work from studies done on-site and views out the studio windows.

About the Instructor(s)

Phyllis Trowbridge has been painting the landscape outdoors year-round for over 30 years. She has taught painting and drawing classes for almost as long. In her classes, she strives to find the right balance of encouragement and challenge with a focus on looking and painting what one sees. Demonstrations, discussions and one-on-one feedback make up the bulk of the course, and examples from contemporary and historical artists are all presented to provide additional ideas and inspiration. Her goal is that students come away from the class with honed observational skills, as well as some practical foundations in color mixing and composition.

Materials List: Students Bring

Recommended Palette for Oil, Acrylic or Watercolor Paints:
Cadmium red light (or a red-orange such as Napthol red or Cadmium red light hue)
Alizarin crimson (or a purple-red such as Quinacridone red)
Cadmium yellow light (or a lemon yellow such as hansa yellow light)
Cadmium yellow deep or Cadmium orange light (or hansa yellow deep)
Ultramarine blue
Cobalt blue (Or Cerulean or Pthalocyanine blue)
Burnt sienna
Burnt or Raw Umber (optional)
Yellow ochre

Acrylic and Oil painters:

•  Brushes: Hog bristle brushes or nylon brushes – combination of round, flat or filberts - #10 or #12, #8 and/or #6, #4, #2. Hog bristle brushes tend to be sturdier and leave lovely brushstroke marks in your work, while Nylon brushes generally have a a smoother finish. Make sure the brushes you choose have some spring and can accommodate the thicker paints of oil and acrylic (as opposed to Watercolor brushes which are soft and flexible for the fluidity of the medium)

•  Painting surfaces: Oil and Acrylic painters: Prepared (gessoed) heavy paper or masonite, stretched canvas, and linen all work well. Arches makes an Oil painting paper that comes in pads or sheets which doesn’t need any preparation. A suggested size range would be 9” x 12” to 18” x 24”, but this is up to individual preference. Students should always bring several surfaces to work on to each day for maximum flexibility. Another consideration for size – it is a good idea to have a few surfaces that are larger and smaller than the size you ordinarily work in.

•  Board and four clips and masking tape if using paper.

•  Palette for mixing – wood works great, some painters like palette paper pads

•  Palette-knife

•  Oil painters need Odorless thinner (please, no regular thinner or turpentine) and jar with a tight-fitting lid

•  Acrylic painters need a water jug to bring water to painting location (1/2 or 1-gallon plastic milk type containers), and jar or can for use when painting, spray bottle or plant mister (very important!), retarding medium (optional)

Watercolor Painters:

•  Brushes: two to three sable or nylon watercolor brushes in a range of sizes. I recommend a larger wash brush such as a 3/4" or 1” mop or oval wash brush, and a mid-size oval wash or round brush (#12 or ½”) and a smaller round brush (#6)

•  Paper: a pad or separate sheets of 140# wc paper (cold press is a great all-purpose paper and a board to attach it to (plus four clips {one for each corner} and masking tape).

•  Other supplies: water jug (1 gallon plastic milk type containers) for bringing water out on location and a jar or can for use while painting

•  Palette – I recommend a folding or lidded palette for watercolor outdoors.  My personal favorite is the “John Pike” brand palette because it is sturdier than others.

Other Materials (all media):

•  Portable easel, Stool (optional),

•  Masking tape and/or clips – very important to have enough when working outdoors!

•  Rags or paper towels

•  Also bring a sketchbook or two, and a selection of drawing supplies – charcoal, pencil, erasers etc., and/or pastels, chalk or oil, colored pencils, watercolors etc. for quick on site studies

Important personal supplies:

•  Drinking water, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, bug repellent

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

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