Are you an oil painter who struggles with overworking your paintings? In this workshop, you’ll practice STOPPING SOONER to keep the freshness you crave in your work. Working with a split-primary palette of six colors and white, you’ll learn Sarah’s favorite painting exercises to warm up for a studio day, get back into the groove after some time away from the easel, or simply shake things up! Working from a simple still life you set up at home - or using the photo reference provided, you’ll explore how limitations can set you free, creating a painting in 20 brushstrokes, and another in 20 minutes! You will also walk step-by-step through Sarah’s alla prima process, creating a still life painting from start to finish! This two-day class will be 100% online, and will be conducted on Zoom. It is free to use Zoom, but you need to register with them prior to the class day. You’ll see a slideshow and a demo, and have plenty of painting time, with a virtual critique at the end of the class! To participate in the critique you must be able to take and submit clear non-blurry photos via email. All levels welcome (beginner+), ages 15 and above. Max 18 students Instructor: Sarah Sedwick
For questions about class content, please email Sarah at: firstname.lastname@example.org (Please sign up no later than noon October 15th to insure time to receive class link)
Oregon Art Supply is generously offering a 20% discount on all materials for this class!
Remember, they have curbside pickup - just call the store!
- Palette - a 12x16 (or larger) disposable paper palette pad. Get white, not gray. (Any palette you currently have and enjoy using is also fine.)
- Palette knife – not a teeny one. You want to be able to scoop up a pile of paint with it. I recommend the tip to be about 2 inches long, and flexible. I like the RGM softgrip no. 45 (blue handle)
- Rags or paper towels (I like disposable blue shop towels, available at hardware stores)
- Solvent: Gamsol or Turpenoid
- A glass jar with tight-fitting lid, or another container for Gamsol
- Medium: Gamblin’s Solvent-Free Gel, walnut oil, linseed oil, liquin, or similar.
Paint - I use M. Graham brand. Please include the following colors (or alternatives, in parentheses):
- Titanium white
- Cadmium Red (napthol red, pyrrole red, cadmium red light)
- Alizarin Crimson (quinacridone red or quin magenta)
- Ultramarine Blue (cobalt blue)
- Ivory black
- Hansa Yellow (Cadmium lemon, Azo yellow, Bismuth yellow)
- Cadmium Yellow
- Brushes - I use Princeton Summit series taklon (synthetic, white bristles, green handles) for this course, but you may use whatever you prefer. A good starter set is a #2 round and a #4 flat.
- Cleanup: Murphy’s oil soap or The Master’s Brush Cleaner and Preserver
Canvases or other painting surfaces:
- One 12 x 16” surface - canvas, canvas panel, or arches oil paper, for Stroke Economy
- Three 9x12" surfaces - canvas, canvas panel, or arches oil paper for Twisted 20’s.
- Both a square canvas and a rectangular canvas - any size you’d like to work on for about 2 hours. I recommend an 8x8 or an 8x10.
- A standing travel easel. A "french easel" half or full-sized, or similar. *Note: I recommend standing up to paint, and we will discuss why during the class day. If your home studio only accommodates a table-top easel, then that is just fine.
- A TV table or side table for your palette (optional)
- A digital camera and an email account.