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Oil: The Impressionist Garden


Saturday, August 19     10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Sharon Hazen.

There will be a short introduction to the materials and methodology of plein-air (outdoors) Impressionist painting. We will work inside from your own image to develop an Impressionist painting or if the weather is great we can work outside. In this case, dress suitably and have sun protection. Bring a small sketchbook & pencil as this is the meat & bones of your painting. For the novice, I will demonstrate a work & you can follow me. At 3PM, for those who want to participate, there will be a learning commentary of the work in an 8x10” Impressionist frame. These are great sharing & learning experiences, & we will all get a chance to see what works & maybe, what does not. There are no mistakes, only opportunities to learn so that we go from GOOD to GREAT!

Participants receive a 20% discount on these supplies.

Oil paints: If you are good at mixing colour, try Titanium White plus a double primary palette of cool & warm of each of red, yellow, & blue.

BUT it is handy to have the following Impressionist colours for quick application if working outdoors:

Cadmium Yellow Light   Cadmium Yellow Medium   Viridian Green   Cobalt Blue or Cerulean Blue Hue   Ultramarine Blue   Cadmium Red Light   Alizarin Crimson   Manganese Violet   Titanium White   Burnt Sienna

Add any special colours for making your type of flowers.

Solvent: Gamsol (no other) in closable container

Supports: 2 8x10” canvas or panels. If you can apply a coat of gesso before, great.

Brushes: Small, medium & large brush. Brights & Flats are good; Filberts, too. Bring the brushes you have!

Other supplies: Small sketchbook & pencil for thumbnail map

Mixing palette

Viewfinder to isolate subject area. To make one, cut a hole in a small flat piece of cardboard to the proportion of 8x10”.

These supplies will fit nicely into a backpack or case.

Easel: Floor or tabletop; outdoors bring your chair if needed.

Clean-up: Blue shop towels or rags and a small garbage bag to hold painting cloths. Leave no footprint!

Optional: You may wish to bring suitable art clothes, notepad, snack, & drink.

About the Instructor: Sharon Hazen, BA, BEd A/D, is a signature member of the Society of Western Canadian Artists and also the Edmonton Art Club and winner of scholarships in Oil Painting and Watercolour Painting. Sharon says, ‘My goal is to inspire you to find the joy in painting as a personal expression. A few good techniques and you are set! And let’s have some FUN.’