Indirect Still Life Painting w/Eric

Friday-Sunday | 6/21-6/23 | 9:30 AM-4:30 P.M.

9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
  • sketchbook
  • At least 2 smoothly primed canvases or panels. min 9 x 12, no larger than 24 x 30
  • Acrylic Mars Black and Titanium white
  • Oil, full palette, as many colors as you like, feel free to bring and experiment with any color, any brand
  • Recommended as a minimum (37mm tubes are fine):
    • Titanium White
    • Burnt Umber
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Pthalo Blue
    • Quinacridone red
    • Napthol Red
    • Burnt Sienna
    • Cadmium Yellow
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Sap Green
    • Cadmium Green
    • Dioxazine purple
  • drawing pencils for sketching / taking notes
  • a variety of (clean) soft brushes (I like inexpensive synthetic sables):
    • Round #0 – #4
    • Filbert #6-10
    • Flat 1″-2″ wide
  • Damar Varnish – small container 1-2oz is fine
  • Stand oil
  • sandpaper
  • pencil sharpener
  • plastic cups for water / medium
  • quart jar with sealable lid
  • palette (paper palettes are fine)
  • rags/paper towels
  • small palette knife

At least 3 still life objects (as many more as you wish, though you might not use them all), focus on a variety interesting color and form. avoid objects which are too flat (avoid photographs or flat artwork), too complex (time is limited), or too small (you should be able to see it clearly from a few feet away. Still life objects should be able to survive the 3 day class without deteriorating too much- so cut flowers and fish will not work, but fruit and vegetables may be ok. Not so large that you cant travel with them easily.
Colorful or interesting fabric or paper for a background to your still life.
acrylic matte medium

Learn to paint a still life in stages with Portland-based instructor Eric Wert, beginning with a black and white acrylic grisaille and then applying color in oil glazes. This process allows the artist to approach complex subjects and compositions in manageable steps, each of which allows the painter to focus attention on particular aspects of the work, from composition and form to color and detail. Students will paint a small still life with special dedication to composition and color.