I’ll be teaching you the processes that I use when I do an oil painting. Whether you are new to painting, new to oil painting or just need a refresher on the basics this course will help you. I’ll be passing on all the techniques, tips and tricks that I have learnt over the years and strip away the intimidation and mystery that sometimes surrounds this medium.
We’ll set up a simple still life and do some preparatory sketches.
Put a ground onto our canvas, do a preparatory painted sketch of our still life.
Do a colour underpainting.
Working on the next layer of the painting.
Do our final layer, adding final details and highlights.
Canvas: approximately 11” x 14” (You don’t want to work on anything too small or too large, just a nice manageable size)
Paintbrushes: You will need an assorted range of brushes. Don’t spend too much money until you know what you like to work with. I personally prefer the Brights (Chisel head shaped) in the Neef Taklon series. It is a soft brush as opposed to the more traditional bristle brushes that are mostly used in oil. I would however recommend a few filberts (No.4, 6 and possibly 8) of the Neef Synthetic stiff brushes. And also a few round brushes of various sizes
Palette: (I prefer a disposable palette, it must be glued on 3 sides. Some of the cheaper ones are only glued on one side and they can curl up, very annoying!)
Medium: Linseed oil*
Small Jars: for medium and solvent
An Apron, Pencils, Small Palette knife, Sketchbook/visual diary, Odourless solvent*, Rags
Oil Paints*: It is best to get the artist quality if you can afford it. I generally use Windsor and Newton, but Artist Spectrum is a little cheaper and is very good too.
- Titanium White
- Burnt Umber
- Burnt Sienna
- Yellow Ochre
- Ultramarine Blue
- Cobalt Blue
- Alizarin Crimson
- Cadmium Red
- Cadmium Yellow
- Lemon Yellow
- Dioxazine Purple
- Cadmium Orange
- Viridian Green
- Ivory Black
Still Life items: Objects of various heights and shapes for a simple still life. Choose items you really like but nothing to complicated or intricate, we are learning the basics at this stage.
* Artist Quality oil paints, odourless solvent and linseed oil can be provided by the tutor at an extra cost of $50 per student.
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