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Landscapes in Oils

Level: It is suitable for absolute beginners to the more advanced.

Facilitator – John Rice

VenueTanilba Foreshore Hall, Tanilba Avenue, Tanilba Bay

WhenSaturday 19 August 2023

Time: 9.00am (setup from 8.30am) – 4.00   pm with breaks for morning tea and lunch

Cost$90.00 Book via Eventbrite or at TAG Gallery.

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For more information, please visit: www.johnricegallery.bigcartel.com


Brief description of workshop:

We will be working from one of my photographs (subject to be decided). You will be provided with photographs and other aids to help get the drawing and values correct. We will cover drawing, perspective, colour theory, tonal recession, composition, art materials and many other things designed to help you become a better artist.

Requirements: Could participants please bring:

  • Brushes: sizes 6, 8, 10, bright flat synthetic or bristle, 1 small sable liner, 1” varnish brush and painting knife.
  • Oil Colours: ultramarine blue; cobalt blue*; lemon yellow; yellow ochre; permanent rose (or similar cool red eg alizarin, permanent crimson, rose madder); cadmium red; transparent red oxide (Art Spectrum or Langridge) or burnt sienna; cadmium orange*; cobalt turquoise light* (or viridian) titanium white.

 * denotes “convenience”-  colours used occasionally. You can get by without them.

  • A gessoed board or canvas 30x40cm or 3:4 ratio.
  • Dipper for solvent (Small tin or jar).
  • Palette (should be about 40cm x 28cm).
  • Tissues for wiping brushes.
  • Easel.
  • **Archival Oils “FAST EVAPORATING” Odourless Solvent or Gamsol for thinning paint. (NOT the one by Art Spectrum). I would like to keep the room turps free. I have enough to share if you can’t find it.
  • Some way of getting your wet painting home. A cardboard box with a bottom slightly bigger than your painting works well. Pizza box?
  • Notebook, pen, phone or similar recording device.
  • Your morning tea and lunch and water bottle.

Supplied: Photograph

A word on paint brands: Artists’ quality paints such as Winsor & Newton, Senellier, Langridge, Rembrandt and Art Spectrum will perform much better than student paints like Winton, Rowney Georgian and especially those Chinese brands such as Monte Marte. You get what you pay for.

 John Rice FRAS

John enjoys painting the landscape in oils from life, “en plein air”, and engages in regular painting trips to country locations. He lives in the rural village of Mulgoa on the western fringes of Sydney with close access to the beautiful Hawkesbury district and the spectacular Blue Mountains.

 John has won many awards for his artworks and has held nineteen very successful solo exhibitions and numerous joint exhibitions. He has works in private collections throughout Australia and abroad and is a Fellow of the Royal Art Society of NSW.

John is a qualified teacher with over forty years’ experience. He conducts regular workshops and demonstrations at his studio and for local, country and interstate art societies. He is also regularly called upon to judge art society exhibitions. John’s work can be seen at: www.johnricegallery.bigcartel.com Gallery ONE88 Fine Arts, 188 Katoomba St, Katoomba