Make an En Plein Air Viewfinder

A useful tool to have in your pochade box or plein air easel. With these, you can determine your composition before you commit to painting. You can buy more sophisticated ones in the art shops but you can also keep things simple and make your own.

An Infinite Variety of Styles

I started looking though the Sky Landscape Artist of the Year 2018 timelapse videos – there are many – and it’s interesting to see the many different approaches to making a painting; from very loose and unstructured to the insanely realistic. There is no one way, of course, but one of my favourites out of the lot I saw was this one by Haidee Jo Summers. You can see paintings being made with the aid of iPads too but I have to say, I’m not a big fan of that method. The deadline for application for this year’s show is May 11 and you can do that here.

Whatever you do, watch as many of these short videos as you can ; they’re an education. 

HAIDEE JO SUMMERS: Time lapse – Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2018 from N9 Design on Vimeo.

A Still Life Painting Demonstration

A still life alla prima demonstration in oils in Kevin McSherry’s Studio

An alla prima still life of a silver bowl and lemon slice on white, against a grey and deep red background. This video takes you through the composition, drawing, blocking-in stage and up to the initial detailing stage. These are the most important parts of the painting process as they’re the foundation for everything that follows.

The whole process took about 2 hours but I’ve speeded up the video and removed any hesitations and inert parts. About 5 minutes.

You can see many more helpful videos at the tab above – and why not join Ireland’s friendliest and most thorough art class for beginners and intermediates?

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Beginners’ Painting Kit. What You Actually Need.

Beginners’ painting kit for oil painting classes in Dublin

A short video (7.5 minutes) about the recommended beginner’s painting kit for my studio class. It’ll save you lots of money and save you from carting bundles of unnecessary material around with you and hurting your back!

You’ll get an idea of what everything looks like before you visit the art supplies shop. Below is a list.

  • ‘Burren’ tabletop box easel: ‘Create’ brand or similar (Winsor & Newton make good, slightly larger boxes, for example).
  • Brushes (See this video on which brushes to get).
  • Paints: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Pale Hue, Permanent Rose, Cobalt Blue, Ivory Black and Burnt Umber. (All Winsor & Newton, Winton range).
  • A Palette
  • Solvent: Zest-it or Sansodor
  • Liquin
  • Palette Knife
  • A rag