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Mooring Sailboat, with David R Smith

With your host John

Join artist David R Smith for this entertaining and informative 1hr Art Class webinar to paint and explore a mooring sailboat. * Details below * Broadcast live from Minnesota on 11 October 2022.


**See Reference photo and recommended materials below**


As a prelude to his full 2-3hr Workshop event, join popular artist David as he walks you through how to create a cloudy sky, distant trees and buildings as well as suggesting an approach to water reflections in this harbour scene.

Useful links:

  • Find out about the related, 2-3 Workshop event here

  • After the live event, you can download the reference images and watch the complete, ad-free recording as an SKA Patron (level 3 and up) via our Video Library.

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Reference photo

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• PAPER: High quality paper (Arches, Fabriano Artistico, Hahnemuhle, etc.). 11”x15”. I will use 140lb Rough Fabriano Artistico, though cold press and Arches paper will work as well.

• PAINTS: Your choice of colours, but have some form of the primaries: Yellow, Red, Blue, a dark such as Indigo, Neutral Tint, or Payne’s Gray, and White Gouache or Dr. Ph Martin’s Bleed Proof White.

If curious, on David's palette: 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, Lavender (Holbein), Dioxazine Purple, Indigo, Neutral Tint, White Gouache, Dr. Ph Martin’s Bleed Proof White.

• 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 12. 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, clips, towels, Kleenex, large spray bottle, hair dryer, pencil/eraser, etc.The board dimensions should be larger than the sheet of paper, which will be 11x15. For part of the process, we 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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