Learn or improve your plein air painting skills during the 'golden hours' of the afternoon in various locations near the Atelier at Flowerfield.
Instructor Megan Euell has been painting plein air for more than 10 years, and will guide students in learning a comprehensive approach to translating and recording any scene, including both architecture and landscape in oil paint. Euell will help students to feel comfortable and prepared to work outdoors with a pared down set up.
Students will learn how to tone their panels/canvases, create thumbnail sketches to learn about compositional planning, do preparatory drawing on canvas, color mix using a limited palette, and practice the observational methods needed to achieve depth, atmosphere, and structure.
Students will practice doing shorter oil ‘sketches’, as well as working on plein air paintings multiple times to learn more about 'finishing'. Demos will be given by Euell, and students will receive one on one critiques throughout.
An in-depth guide, written and compiled by Euell is provided as an attachment under the materials list on this page.
Materials not included.
All levels are welcome.
Fall I 2019
**NOTE**: Each student is expected to bring a student guidebook for this course, printed in color. Megan will be refering to this book frequently and is a valuable tool for students to study. Guidebook can be found here.
Panels or canvas, various sizes (panel is preferred because of durability outdoors- can also use
canvas boards or gesso boards). Suggested sizes: 8 x 10, 12 x 16.
• Palette- a palette box is preferred so you can be hands free (you can go to a local cigar shop
and often get a cigar box free. You can attach this to your easel with a clamp
• Paper towels
• Brushes (various sizes, small, medium and large, and need both hog bristle natural brushes
and synthetic) Sugested brand: Robert Simmons Signet Series from Dick Blick
• Palette knife (metal not plastic, any shape you prefer)
• Turpentine or equivalent and Linseed oil (Recommended: Weber odorless Turpentine/turpenoid or
Lavender Spike Essence by Chelsea Classical Studios and I use Chelsea Classical Studios
linseed oil )
• cup for linseed oil
• Brush cleaner container (for turpentine)
• Vine Charcoal (thin sticks)
• Plastic wrap
• Tripod easel (or preferred outdoor easel)
• Small sketchbook and pencil
• Paint (see below)
• Bug spray
• Hat (important to block sun in your eyes)
• Backpack (to keep supplies in, and hang off of your easel to weigh it down)
• Easel umbrella (optional)
• Weather appropriate layers
• Plastic bags for garbage
Paint (with Preferred Brand):
Ultramarine Blue Williamsburg
Cobalt blue (optional) M.Harding
Cerulean Blue Old Holland
Alizarin Crimson Rublev
Cadmium red med. Williamsburg
Cadmium Yellow med. M. Harding
Yellow Ochre Rublev
Titanium White M. Harding or Williamsburg
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