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Oil Paints Demystified

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Sunday, February 20th, 2022
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

This course is designed to take the mystery out of oil paints and introduce students to this, the most forgiving and flexible medium of them all. We’ll explore everything from mediums and what they do, brushes and tools, different techniques from alla prima to layering and glazing, to the kind of supports you can work on and so much more. And for those concerned about solvents, there is good news: water soluble oils really work! Using simple still life setups as a motif, we’ll discover ways to make great paintings in this exciting medium. If you want to add oils to your repertoire, this workshop is for you!


About your instructor: David Goatley is considered one of North America’s foremost portrait painters. He has been awarded Signature Member status by the Portrait Society of America and the Federation of Canadian Artists. His subjects have included Princes, a Peer, a Prime Minister, Provincial Premiers, five Lt. Governors, First Nations Chiefs and Elders, a Bishop and leaders in Business, Academia, the Arts and the Law as well as numerous families. His work is included in 2 Royal Collections as well as the collections of governments, museums, corporations, institutions and in hundreds of private homes.


We are following current COVID-19 regulations: Masks are mandatory inside the building, and we will be checking for proof of full vaccination for participants born in 2009 or earlier.


Recommended Materials List:


A free-standing easel


A palette (the largest paper tear-off palettes are good)


Pots for medium


Quick Dry Medium (for water-soluble oil)


Water-soluble oil paints: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Pale, Cadmium Red Light, Ultramarine Blue, Ivory Black


Suitable brushes - hogs hair or synthetics – from a good small (size 2) brush up to a large brush (about an inch across).


Also, a small round brush for fine detail.


A stick or two of willow charcoal


Supports (canvases, boards, etc.): 4 at 16”x20” panels or similar

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