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Oil Painting: Understanding Light, Shadow and Reflected Light

22-23rd June.


Cost: $220 for the two days, this includes the use of equipment and materials (1 canvas, paint etc), morning and afternoon tea. $100 deposit on booking, remainder at workshop, full refund on or before 1 week prior to the workshop, limit of 12 participants. 


Location: Kathy Ellem Fine Art , 45 Ford Street, Beechworth, Victoria. 

This is a 2 day workshop, each day beginning with a talk and demonstration on how I interpret colour to achieve my apparently luminous paintings. Then students are invited to attempt their own subject. I use chooks for demonstration purposes as they are reasonably easy to draw. This colour work-shop is the second part in how I achieve my draught horse paintings. The first part is the charcoal workshop, but this work-shop is stand alone. 


Materials provided and covered in the cost: 

Easel, Palette, container, cloths for cleaning, palette knife. 

Paint: A good base set of colours would include, French Ultramarine blue, cyan blue, cadmium red or scarlet, quinacridone magenta, diox purple, red gold, titanium white, cadmium yellow. I use a variety of brands of paints, but my preference is Maimeri puro, Windsor newton is also very good.. (I will have these colours and more available for purchase.) 


Brushes will be available to use but you may prefer to bring your own, a selection of rounds, flats or filbert, what ever your comfortable with. I like filberts ranging from #2 - #6, and flats in the same range. I use a rigger or liner brush sometimes for finer detail. 


What you will need to bring: 

- Images to work from: I will be using my laptop, but often students print out their reference photos. The focus will be on light and shadow, so select something that is a relatively simple shape (eg, chooks) that have a great light source with contrasting shadows. Examples: the first photo (top right) is well lit, the second is not and is very difficult to make into a lovely painting. 

- Your own lunch or money to grab something from our local eateries. 

- Bring a happy disposition, and be prepared for lots of fun!

Welcoming cuppa and set up at 9.30am on Saturday morning; we will stop for 1 hour at around 12.30pm for lunch (there are many little cafés and of course the bakery available for lunch); afternoon tea at 3pm. 

Please contact Kathy for further details: 0427 962 127 or 

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