In this class we will paint mostly from photographs so bring photos that you might want to work from and a camera as there is some fantastic subject matter in the area. We will talk a lot about what makes good photos for painting and what to look for when you are out in the field. This is mostly a landscape class so don't bring photos of people, pets etc.
Bring a lap top computer if you have one. It is really nice to be able to edit photos and paint from the laptop screen.
I encourage self-direction and personal discovery and want to help students find their own way to solve art problems. If you have a palette of colors that you feel good about use them. However, for those who want to know exactly what I do here is a list of colors that I use:
- · Burnt Sienna
- · Ultramarine Blue Deep
- · Cerulean Blue (not hue)
- · Titanium White
- · Cad Yellow Lt
- · Cad Red Lt
- · Alizarin Crimson
I prefer to paint on a rigid panel but if you like stretched canvas use that. I highly recommend quality materials so keep that in mind when coming to this class. Don't bring any cheap canvas cardboard panels or cheap student grade paints. You get what you pay for and quality materials are a much better investment. Bring plenty of rags, paint thinner and a portable open-air type easel.
For the students that want to do a "paint along with Mike" which is something I have been doing in workshops lately where everyone paints from the exact same image on the same size panel etc. Bring a rigid 12"x12" panel primed with gesso and ready to paint on. Other than that panel, bring what you are comfortable with.
If you have some images of some recent work bring those so I can see where you are.
People always ask me what books I recommend. Here is a couple to think about buying if you don't already have them:
John F. Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting and Edgar Payne book on composition.