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Autumn fields with David R Smith

With your host John

Join watercolour artist David R Smith for this educational 1 hour Art Class webinar to paint an Autumn field. * Details below * Broadcast live from Minnesota on 31 March 2022


**See Reference photo and recommended materials below**


In this prelude to his full, 2-3 hour plein air workshop, paint along with David to create a beautiful Farm scene. David will cover how to approach creating textures and how to link shapes based on values concluding with how to create a cloudy sky.

Useful links:

Ref painting

Reference photo

Reference Sketch

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• PAPER: High quality 140lb or 300lb Rough Paper (either Arches, Fabriano Artistico, or Hahnemuhle). I’ll probably use 300lb Rough Fabriano.

• PAINTS: Professional Brand Tube Paint: Your choice of colours, but have some form of the primaries: Yellow, Red, Blue, and a dark such as Indigo or Payne’s Gray and White Gouache. Colours on David's palette: Winsor Lemon or Bismuth Vanadate Yellow (QoR), Cadmium Yellow, Quinacridone Gold, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Thalo Blue, Cobalt Teal (QoR), Alizarin Crimson, Winsor Red or Joe’s Red, Opera (Holbein), Viridian, Sap Green, Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Dioxazine Purple, Indigo, and White Gouache.

• BRUSHES: A variety of rounds and flats will probably work fine. David recommends a Large Round or Mop brush with a nice point. If you’re curious, David typically uses a variety of Synthetic Brushes: Escoda Round (Perla) size 2. Faux Squirrel 1827 Liner Aux. Reservoir size 12 (Dynasty). A 1.5” Flat Brush (Miller’s Pseudo Sable Mottler), and a variety of large rounds and mops. There are many options. A couple of David's

favourites are the Princeton Aqua Elite Quill #6, and the Escoda Prado (size 16).

• OTHER: palette, water container, masking tape, clips, towels, Kleenex, large spray bottle, hair dryer, pencil/eraser

For part of the process, you will work at a slant. So, a table easel may come in handy or you may simply prop one end of your painting board up on a tissue box or something.


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