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Plein Air Painting
Plein Air Painting

Wed, Aug 07



Plein Air Painting

Enjoy a beachside plein air painting workshop with internationally-renowned artist David Goatley.

Time & Location

Aug 07, 2024, 10:00 a.m. PDT – Aug 08, 2024, 4:00 p.m. PDT

Ladysmith, 444 Parkhill Terrace, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1V6, Canada

About the Event

Meet us at Transfer Beach and take in a two-day plein air workshop. We'll begin with a demo where David will talk about what he observes (light, tones, textures), simplifying, his choices of palette, composition, and all the little decisions he makes along the way. You can choose to work in either acrylic or oil. David will be working in oil, likely with a little alkyd medium to speed drying, in an alla prima technique that also works for acrylic painters. It's a different approach than watercolour and should add another viewpoint to an interesting couple of days together. After the demonstration, everyone will find their perfect spot, and David will wander amongst you. We will discuss your particular vision, where you might feel uncertain or appreciate advice, and David will offer suggestions for whatever your medium you choose to work in.

Recommended Materials List (You May Work in Oil or Acrylic, as Per Your Preference):

  • A free-standing easel
  • A camp chair and whatever you need for sun protection (hat, beach umbrella, sunscreen)
  • A packed lunch and beverages
  • Plenty of paper towel
  • A palette (the largest paper tear-off palettes are good)
  • Pots for medium
  • Odourless mineral  spirits (if using non-watersoluble oil)
  • Small Liquin (for regular oils) or Quick Dry Medium (for water-soluble oil)
  • Oil paints or acrylic paints (your preference): Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Pale, Naples Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Cadmium Red Light, Burnt Sienna, Permanent Rose or Alizarin Crimson, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Viridian Green, Sap Green, Raw Umber, Ivory Black, Light Red or Terra Rosa
  • Suitable brushes - hogs hair or synthetics – from a good small (size 2) brush up to a large brush (about an inch across). Also, a small round brush for fine detail.
  • A stick or two of willow charcoal
  • Supports (canvases, boards, etc.): 4 at 11”x14” or similar


  • Registration Fee




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