"From her hand, ice cold, held deep in the sea, there spurted up a fountain of joy at the change, at the escape, at the adventure (that she should be alive, that she should be there). And the drops falling from this sudden and unthinking fountain of joy fell here and there on the dark, the slumberous shapes in her mind; shapes of a world not yet realized but turning in their darkness, catching here and there a spark of light.”
-Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
Welcome to the Block Island Plein Air Painting Workshop! I am thrilled that you will be joining us.
Margaret's Contact #: 401-440-0989
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The Farm is located in the south about 3 miles south-west of Old Harbor.
Group transportation is available to and from Old Harbor each day meeting at the Chamber of Commerce. It is located in the ferry parking lot, 1 Water St., New Shoreham, RI 02807
Taxi pick up times are as follows: Friday 5:30PM Saturday & Sunday at 9:30AM
The taxi will pick up Saturday at 5:00PM and return you to Old Harbor Chamber of Commerce by 5:30PM
Sunday pick up is between 3:00 and 3:15PM. I will help you get packed and ready for the taxi, we are a small group so no worries.
Saturday evening you can leave your painting supllies at the farm.
Description, August 3-5, 2018
We will set up our easels on a 200 year old farm and paint from 90 degrees of water views with stone walls and cows. The barn is built from the wood of a ship wreck! Our subject matter will include a combination of landscape and still life. The process begins with thumbnail sketches and will result in several small paintings over the course of the weekend. Participants may choose paint from the porches and inside the farmhouse as well as outdoors. In case of inclement weather we will work indoors. Open to all media, demonstrations will be in oil. I have included materials lists for oil and for watercolor. The colors for acrylic paint would be the same as oil-but, of course, bring what you are most comfortable with.
The workshop includes a light supper Friday evening and lunches on Saturday and Sunday. Group transportation between the farm and the Chamber of Commerce at Old Harbor will be provided each day. Tuition includes three meals and transportation to/from Old Harbor.
Limited to eight participants. A list of suggested materials will be provided upon registration.
Our hosts are Kathy and Kieth Lang, many thanks to them for opening their home and property to us. Kathy will be painting with us.
Friday, August 3
5:30PM Taxi pick up at Old harbor Chamber of Commerce
6-8PM Casual introductory dinner with a glass of wine
8PM Taxi returns to Old harbor
Saturday, August 4
9:30AM Taxi pick up at Old harbor Chamber of Commerce
10AM-12:30PM Demonstration of thumbnail sketches and first pass, students set up, make thumbnails and morning painting. One-on-one instruction throughout the morning.
12:30-1:30PM Break for lunch
1:30-4:30PM Afternoon Painting: thumbnails sketches, lay in the foundations, develop nuance. One-on-one instruction (reverse order from the morning).
4:30-5:00PM clean up, wrap up mini critique/celebration
Taxi returns to Old Harbor
Sunday, August 5, 10AM-3PM
9:30AM Taxi pick up at Old Harbor Chamber of Commerce
10AM-12:30PM Painting: thumbnails sketches, lay in the foundations, develop nuance. One-on-one instruction
12:30-1:30PM Break for lunch
OR 1-2PM Break for lunch
2-3PM Wrap up critique/celebration
3PM Taxi returns to Old Harbor
Below is a list of suggested, optional materials. Please bring the set up that you are most comfortable with.
4-6 panels or canvases for the weekend, I will demonstrate at size 6”x8” . I recommend 6”x6”-11”x14” depending on the scale you are comfortable with. The number of supports depends upon your own pace but plan on at least 2 per day.
Prepare these canvas with a ground layer of color of your choice (I choose from green, blue or sienna), use acrylic paint (for either oil or acrylic finished painting) or, (if using oil for your finished painting) you have the option of using oil for the ground color as well, rub it on with a little mineral spirits, about 2-7 days in advance.
I prefer brights (short square) , and synthetic, 2 of each is nice
If you are working 6”x8” add some small ones (1/4” and smaller even)
Feel free to use the brushes you are most comfortable with
Palette of your choice that fits with your paint box, such as a disposable paper palette or a wooden palette
This is my landscape painting palette:
Cad yellow deep (looks orange)
cad red or windsor red
cerulean blue, manganese or phthalo blue
rose, quinacradone or alizarin crimson for a cooler red and different way to mix purples.
(I usually have a dioxazine violet in my box too)
palette knife (I use Blick or utrecht brand, style #5)
paper towels (I like a heavy weight brand that tears off in half sheets)
Optional: small glass jar with tight fitting lid for linseed oil
Murphy’s oil soap and bar soap for washing the brushes
Some students enjoy disposable plastic gloves (from the drugstore)
old long sleeved shirt or apron
Plastic grocery bags for garbage-great to have right on your easel for used paper towels/rags so you do not become covered in paint also for wrapping used brushes for transit
I’ll provide vine charcoal and tracing paper for drawing transfer
Portable easel of your choice (There are many options such as: 1. a traditional french easel gives you a place to put your supplies and is adjustable for various canvas sizes -sometimes on sale at Ocean State Job Lot- 2. winsor newton offers a metal one that some find easier to handle than wooden easels, bring a folding table for your supplies, and 3. Guerrilla painter offers many types of pochade boxes, I use this box on one of their tripods
Portable stool if you like to sit while you work-I use this more for watercolor as a place to put my materials if not to sit on. http://www.rei.com/product/765283/rei-trail-stool, walkstool (18”) And another.
My landscape palette. I put my yellows at the top and the side. I use the side for mixing greens.
Please bring materials you are most comfortable with. Below are guidelines. If you would like a ready-made supply kit contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
watercolor sketchbook (your preference hot -smooth- or cold-textured- press).
paintbrush, synthetic-round number 8, 10, 12 or 20
watercolor half pan set of your choice (more info here)
jar for water with a tight fitting lid
water bottle to refill water jar as necessary
paper towels for blotting
sketchbook of lighter weight paper (such as the moleskines
pencil, a hard and soft or of your choice
eraser (unless it is on your pencil already)
supply bag to keep it all in such as: http://www.amazon.com/Vinyl-Mesh-Zipper-color-vary/dp/B000HFUEFY
Portable stool-handy in many on-the-spot circumstances and even when standing-as a table for materials. More important when using watercolor http://www.rei.com/product/765283/rei-trail-stool, walkstool (18”) And another.
If you are looking for more info here are links to my process notes.