SA1807 - Nature up Close

11/10/2018 9:00am - 4:00pm
David Dunlop
oil, acrylic, watercolor, Nature
$266.00 (Sold Out)

Nature up Close

Instructor:  David Dunlop

Class Code:  SA1807

Sponsored by:  Jerry’s Artarama

Workshop Fee: $249 + paint fee ($17) = $266

Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Medium:  Oil/WC/Acrylic               

Time: Saturday, November 10, 2018 9:00am – 4:00pm

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Nature up Close

Instructor:  David Dunlop

Class Code:  SA1807

Sponsored by:  Jerry’s Artarama

Workshop Fee: $249 + paint fee ($17) = $266

Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Medium:  Oil/WC/Acrylic               

Time: Saturday, November 10, 2018 9:00am – 4:00pm

In the 1500’s, Albrecht Durer turned a concave mirror on to small piece of turf to create a grasshopper’s point of view. We explore macro views and how to create in and out-of-focus effects, sunbeams, directed sunlight, solar atmospheric effects, translucent water in sunlight, shallow depth-of-field effects, sparkle effects and intimate chiaroscuro effects in variety of close-ups.  Your instructor will demonstrate new tools using painter’s tape, razor knives, squeegees, rubber brayers, faux painting tools, fingers and brushes using oils, oil markers, watercolors, acrylics and acrylic inks and mixed media. Your instructor will work individually with participating artists.

Your paints will be provided for you!

This is only a recommended supply list. These represent optimum choices. If you prefer to work with other materials, that will be fine. We can work with whatever you have.

Suggested Supply List for Painters:

For oil painters:  I recommend Charvin's Extra Fine oil paints – these will be provided for you.

Next you will need a medium and I suggest staying traditional and non toxic with just refined linseed oil, poppy oil or walnut oil.(although walnut and  poppy seed oils yellow less ad give more working time).


You will need brushes: some rounds and flats in nylon (Pro Arte Prolenge Connoisseur, or Isabey or Rafael Kaerell synthetic sable brushes 2", 1" and 1/4 "  or for a less expensive alternative try Jerry's Polar Flow brushes.)…any good synthetic nylon-type sables…from at least ,  some 1” flats to ¼” flats and rounds, perhaps a #12, #8, # 1 or #2. And 1” and, ½” and 1” inexpensive bristle brushes, a badger blender and a bristle fan brush and, a 1” Japanese Sumi brush could all be useful...  I also rely on 2” soft synthetic flats as well as a kolinsky sable round (#12 or 14). Jerry’s has some blue handle primer brushes with hog bristles that are inexpensive and excellent for stippling, or fan effects.. A container for turpenoid and one for medium and (of course) surfaces to paint on. I paint on any of the following: smooth multi primed Belgian Linen (Artfix L84 C), Old Holland triple primed portrait canvas (linen) pads, galvanized steel or aluminum which I cut to size, acrylic varnished watercolor paper, and ….the smoother the surface the better.

For Watercolorists:  I recommend 37ml. tube watercolors. If you want a reasonably priced watercolor try Lukas 1862watercolor tubes. The paints will be provided for you.  For brushes I recommend the same as the oil painters with a couple of additions: a couple of synthetic sables(again I like the Raphael  Kaerell line and be sure to get a 2", a 1" and a 1/4" and a #12 or 14 round also a couple of inexpensive bristle brushes 1" and 1/2 ".  Don’t forget your water container, at least 140lb Hot press watercolor paper, paper towels, and some quick release painter’s tape. I suggest razor blades, some white conte crayon, and either a white plastic or paper palette (shiny surface). I like layering media therefore; I will use pastels, acrylic or oils in conjunction with the watercolors. If you’re interested in trying egg tempera then bring a small quantity of acrylic gesso and we will purchase eggs on location (or bring them if you are local). Frequently I prepare my watercolor paper with acrylic varnish, but not always. I use Matisse or Golden’s or Lascaux’s acrylic varnish (gloss).

To supplement your watercolor experience I will be demonstrating the use of pastels as Turner and Sargent used them on their watercolors. I suggest a small set of soft pastels for this purpose. Try Gallery pastels for a good buy.

For Acrylic Painters: With the Matisse products I like their “Structure” line of acrylics. These paints will be provided for you. A gloss medium varnish (essential) and, if you want more working time before your paints dry then, get a retarder. You will also need a shiny paper palette, a large container for water, quick release tape,  140 lb. hot press water color paper or a universal primed(acrylic primed) portrait linen  or  canvas (you can get them on a pad if you like). Your brushes should include a variety of bristle flats and rounds as well as some synthetic sables (see watercolor list of brushes). Include at least a 2” flat bristle, a 1” flat bristle, and a ½” flat bristle (see the blue handle primer bristle brushes that I referred to in the oil paint section above) brush along with a selection of nylon flats and rounds. A bristle fan can prove to be versatile. For all other brushes refer to oil painter’s brushes as described above. 

Remember we can always paint with anything on anything. These are just some basic recommendations not requirements. If you wish to use other materials already in your possession, that will be ok.  

Time Of Workshop :
9:00am - 4:00pm
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Instructor :
David Dunlop

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