Oil Painting – Figure in the Landscape

Biography

Time and space underpin my practice: working in situ, I document the passing of time in a location and the people who inhabit and move through the space. My repeated visual experience of place and people over time is layered and distilled further into surfaces; an accumulated knowledge laid down.

The process I engage in is fundamentally driven by location drawing and painting. These physically enduring experiences allow me to record the passing of time. Back in the studio, I use locational work to start. I immerse myself in the physicality of paint, making pieces that reflect these places. Often, paintings end up looking far removed from the research as the experience has become personalised, allowing the paint to take its own path.

Course Outline

This course will focus on oil painting and working with the figure in context with the interior and exterior landscape. Observational work will be explored through (weather permitting) landscape studies or studio interiors in short and longer studies. Atmosphere, perspective, colour, tone, placement, mark making will be used to create personalised as well as completed oil paintings. These approaches will help to create a unique style and shall be for all levels of experience. Artists who work with figure and oils shall be discussed throughout.

Day 1

  • Warm up – a few quick gesture poses. I will pose in centre of room and they will put me into the environment
  • Figure in the landscape – Line, composition, tone, placement
  • By end of the day… little compositions and one monochrome restrictive palette study as well as a turpsy underpainting for the next day
  • Discussing artists references who use figure in the landscape and oils

Day 2

  • Warm up – a few quick gesture poses. I will pose in centre of room and they will put me into the environment
  • Working on colour and mark making
  • Gong over the underpainting as well as quick studies to get to grips with colour theory and mark making
  • Discussing artists references who use figure in the landscape and oils

Materials you need to bring

  • Charcoal or pencils… rubber sharpener… and a small sketchbook
  • Oil cards for oils studies (any size although A3 minimum is good)
  • Small selection of primed wooden boards or canvas (if not primed bring gesso primer, and a big primer brush (household brush could do))
  • Bulldog clips
  • Oil tubes – a warm and a cool of each primary colour, a handful of earths and a white (my preference– ultramarine, pthalo blue/ winsor blue cool shade, winsor lemon, cadmium yellow, quinacrodome red, cadmium red, yellow ochre, titanium white, raw sienna, burnt sienna).
  • Palette – as big as possible (tear offs or plastic/ wooden board)
  • A range of brushes including large brushes (household are good and cheap for larger ones)
  • Turpentine
  • Liquin original
  • A small holder for turps and liquin
  • Palette knife(s of varying sizes)
  • rags
  • latex gloves
  • (optional locational painting pochard)
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