Mastering Oils

I have updated the ‘Events Calendar’  page on my website and it includes the new and exciting Mastering Oils workshop that I will be doing here in Kamloops.  I have not taught an oil painting workshop for a few years so it will be lots of fun.

I learned to paint by spending those early years in Montreal studying the materials and methods of the so called ‘Old Masters’ of the Renaissance and Baroque eras.  For anyone who has taken my Mastering Acrylics workshop you will be aware that I have simply transferred all that knowledge over to the synthetic medium.  So, in a sense, I am basically using methods used by great painters like Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens, and Rembrandt to depict Canadian landscape scenes in acrylics.

But I still do a significant amount of my paintings in oils.  In fact I am working on my oils again this week.  Below is a picture of the batch, with paintings in various stages of completion:  starting a new bunch, doing the second sitting on a couple, and completing a few as well.

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Acrylic paints were originally designed to be a replacement for oil paints in the same way that the commercial paint industry introduced synthetic alternatives to oil paint for painting walls.  What we have learned about acrylics in the last 60 years or so since their introduction, is that they have offered an exciting alternative to oil paints, but a poor substitution.  You can read my blog post entitled ‘Oils vs Acrylics’ to get the whole story on all the ways in which they oppose and compliment each other.

If you are one of those that have taken my workshops or spent any amount of time reading my writings on painting, then you will know that I am all about the technical stuff, and oils, well, they are even more technical than acrylics, especially if you like to paint in layers like I do.

We will spend some time in the ‘Mastering Oils’ workshop learning about the properties and characteristics of oil paints and how to use them to achieve all the fantastic effects they are capable of.  We will have time to complete two paintings, plus, you will learn all the things you need to know to make sure your expressions last for future generations to admire and appreciate.  In other words, just like with my ‘Mastering Acrylics’ workshop, it will be everything you wanted to know about how to be a skillful painter that you didn’t learn in art school.

I will also take some time to go on a tour back in time to examine some of the remarkable methods and materials used by some of the greatest painters since the Renaissance.

You can register by calling 250-828-3500, or sign up online here:

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One Comment on ““Mastering Oils”

  1. Leah Young

    Hi David, Thank you! for carving out some time for this workshop. I am so excited to learn more from you. I learned so many things from the acrylic workshop that I always wanted to know but didn’t know where to find the information. See you in October!

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