Orientation Video and Class Information

Welcome

In the orientation video below I talk about how to set up your studio, equipment, and some elements of organization. It’s important to have an area where everything is within reach and uncluttered.  I will also discuss supplies and materials and where I buy them and some supplies to avoid.

 

Below is the list of supplies you will need throughout the lessons. 

Suggested suppliers:

Lighting

The lights I use are Ecolux Florescent Bulbs by GE. I buy them at Home Depot and I buy a warm and a cool of each bulb. The warm is called Sunshine F20, the cool is called Daylight F20. The important thing about them is that they are a 5000 Kelvin which is shown on the package of the bulb. You can buy either 24 or 48 inch bulbs. I use a regular shop light fixture which hangs directly above the easle

Easels (if needed)

Windsor & Newton Shannon Easel- Utrecht-$143.00

Venetian Full Size Studio Easel- Jerrys’ Artarama-$119.00

Julian French Easel- Utrecht-$159.00

Oil Paints

I use Utrecht oils. They are a good professional grade at a good price. Any professional grade paints will due but stay away from student grade paints. They are very weak and make it hard to learn to mix color.

Brands to stay away from:

Academy student grade from Grumbacher

Winton from Windsor & Newton

Daler-Rowney - This brand would be ok but stay away from their cadmium colors, they are too weak.

Brands that are good to use:

Utrecht

Grumbacher Pre-tested

Rembrandt

Gamblin

Windsor & Newton

Old Holland

I haven’t used the water soluble oils yet, but they are a good alternative if paint thinner causes health problems.

Feel free to use any brand you choose. I wanted to let everyone know what’s out there and how they stack up.

Here is the list of paints:

Titanium White
Cadnium Yellow Light (don’t buy cadmium yellow     hue, it is very weak)
Yellow Ochre
Cad Orange Hue
Cadnium Red Light (don't buy the hue)

Alizarin Crimson
Ultramarine Blue
Indian Red
Viridian
Dioxazine Purple



Brushes

White bristle oil brushes #2, #4, #6, #8 two of each. #8 synthetic sablette oil brush, 3 inch traditional painting knife

Canvas Boards

We will use a variety of sizes throughout the lessons:
6x8
8x10
9x12
11x14
12x16
2 or 3 of each size
Paint Thinner-Gamsol or Turpenoid
Sketch Pad- 9x12 or 11x14
6B graphite pencil
Soft Vine Charcoal
Kneaded Eraser

Tips on Taking Good Photographic References

With digital cameras it is a lot easier and less expensive to take good photos. All six of these photos below were taken with a small 5 mega pixel camera. You can buy a 7 or 8 mega pixel camera for under a $100.00 at Walmart or Best Buy. One of the goals in landscape painting is to show depth on a flat surface, so a good reference photo to practice from should have a background, middle-ground and a foreground.

A good photo should also have a variety of “lines” in the composition. Horizontal lines, vertical lines and angled lines If your photo has all horizontal or vertical lines the composition will be static or boring.

The lines in this photo are very horizontal. The lines in the sky, mountains and the field are running from one side of picture to the other and they take your eye right out of the picture.

The lines in this photo are very horizontal. The lines in the sky, mountains and the field are running from one side of picture to the other and they take your eye right out of the picture.

This photo is better. The strong vertical trees break the horizontal lines of the clouds and the angled or curved lines in the fields lead you into the picture.

This photo is better. The strong vertical trees break the horizontal lines of the clouds and the angled or curved lines in the fields lead you into the picture.

This photo has even better variety. The strong angled lines of the river and the field lead you into the horizontal mountains and vertical trees. This photo does not have sunlight but it does have strong dark and light contrast between trees, mountains, ground and sky.

This photo has even better variety. The strong angled lines of the river and the field lead you into the horizontal mountains and vertical trees. This photo does not have sunlight but it does have strong dark and light contrast between trees, mountains, ground and sky.

The sunlight in this picture provides more dark and light contrast. The vertical lines of the cactus break up the angled lines of the hills and shrubbery. Make sure that the shape and the size of the sky , background, middle-ground and foreground are not the same size. The variety of sizes in those shapes keeps the composition interesting.

The sunlight in this picture provides more dark and light contrast. The vertical lines of the cactus break up the angled lines of the hills and shrubbery. Make sure that the shape and the size of the sky , background, middle-ground and foreground are not the same size. The variety of sizes in those shapes keeps the composition interesting.