If you’ve ever been interested in oil painting but weren’t sure where to start, this is the workshop for you! Spend two days outside at Durham’s beautiful Oyster River learning the basics of “Plein Air” landscape painting with oil paint.
We will start at the beginning with an explanation of materials. We will cover how to mix your painting medium and use it in appropriate ratios at different stages in your painting, how to lay out your palette and mix your colors, how to use your brushes and palette knives to capture the effects of light in the landscape, and some rudimentary ideas about composition.
We will work outside and break for a picnic lunch each day (pack accordingly). At the end of the weekend, you will have a basic idea of how to use your oil painting tools and you will leave with your own original landscape painting.
Landscape Painting Workshop
Paint: Obtaining quality oil paint is the first step in creating beautiful landscape paintings. I suggest Windsor Newton Artist Grade or Gamblin Artist Grade paint. That is what I use, but there are other options. Avoid student grade paint whenever possible.
Colors you should have: Optional colors that are nice to have:
Titanium White Cerulean Blue
Ultramarine Blue Dioxazine Purple
Burnt Sienna Alizarin Crimson
Yellow Ochre Naples Yellow Light
Cadmium Red Medium Phthalo Turquoise
Cadmium Yellow Cadmium Green Pale
Medium: You will need some quality Linseed oil and turpentine or turpentine substitute. For oil I use Gamblin’s Refined Linseed Oil and for turpentine substitute I use Odorless Turpenoid by Weber.
Brushes: There are a wide variety of brushes. Each painter finds brushes that suit their particular needs but if you have never painted before, I suggest getting a size 8 round bristle brush and a size 6 or 8 flat bristle brush to start.
Palette knife: You will also need a palette knife. Again there are a variety of sizes and shapes but I suggest a “Blick” style 50 5/8”x2-7/8” palette knife. This is a good medium size that is good for both mixing and applying paint to your canvas.
Canvas: Lastly you will need a surface to paint on. Canvas stretched and sized over stretcher bars is traditionally what is used for this. There are many sizes and shapes to pre-prepared canvases. To begin with I suggest 2 canvases 12”x16”, 3 canvases 16”x20”, and one larger canvas around 24”x30”. There are many brands to choose from but the “Blick” studio cotton canvas is a fine option.
Jason Bombaci lives and paints in Somersworth, New Hampshire. His work engages the local seacoast landscape and the people that live and work there. He has received a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of New Hampshire and a Masters of Fine Art from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. He has also studied landscape painting and art history in Italy through the University of New Hampshire in Italy program. His work has been exhibited throughout New England and in Philadelphia and he recently had a solo show at the Rochester Museum of Fine Art. He is currently an instructor in the department of Art and Art History at the University of New Hampshire.