Robert H McMurray, AFCA, FCA – Bring your gear and let’s paint – FULL – wait list available

Bring your gear and let’s paint with Bob McMurray – Acrylic or Oil

Five Sessions 2 1/2 hours each
Class Dates: January 4, 11, 18, 25 and Feb 1, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please arrive at 6:15 to help to set up the studio
You are expected to help set up and clean up the studio
Open to 15 Members Only

Working in oils or acrylics from photo reference, we’ll explore the process of starting and finishing a painting. Do you need everything that’s in the photo? Can you improve on composition? What should you leave out or change? Develop a full range of values? When to stop? How do you finish?

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My objective is to work with each artist, individually, on their process to develop their artwork. As well as making the one-on-one rounds and spending time with each person I’ll start a demo painting to show my process and hope to develop it over the course of the evening(s).

I encourage you to try my process and palette but we’ll work with yours if you prefer

Using my process we’ll work with a limited palette (six pigments plus white) that will provide a full range of colours and contrasts – a simple process.

Basic Pigments  (acrylics or oils):

Titanium White
Yellow Light Hansa or Cadmium Lemon t1 c1
Cadmium Orange t2 c2
Alizarin Crimson Permanent t1 c3
Dioxazine Purple or Ultramarine Violet t2 c1
Ultramarine Blue or Phthalo Blue t1 c2
Phthalo Green or Jenkins Green t2 c3
(Sap Green Permanent – for me and my colour problem)

This palette contains two triads (t1 and t2) and three sets of complementaries (c1, c2 and c3)

In oils, I use an Alkyd Gel Medium (Stevenson) mixed with the oil paints to accelerate drying time. I also use Gamblin Galkyd 50/50 with Stevenson Odorless Mineral Spirits (in a lidded palette cup) as a glazing medium.

In acrylics I use a mixture of regular and Open (slow-drying) paints depending on the environment where I am working. Also, I use a Stevenson Sta-Wet palette to prolong the usability of the acrylic paints, particularly usefull for plein aire work.

Toning Canvas (golden fluid acrylics) diluted partially with water:
Quinacridone/Nickel Azo Gold, or Turquoise (phthalo), or Quinacridone Crimson

Varnish – Golden Polymer Varnish with UVLS (Gloss) or any UV gloss

Note – with acrylics I use a Masterson Sta-Wet palette