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Workshop: A walk on the Beach, with David R Smith

With your host John


Join artist David R Smith for this full length, 2-3hr workshop webinar to capture the beauty and peace of a walk on the beach. ** Details below ** Broadcast live from Minnesota on 1 November 2022.


**See reference photo and recommended materials below**


Join David as he walks you through how to capture a peaceful walk on the beach. You will learn how to create a cloudy sky, look at how to create the distant trees, rocks, boats, water and wet sand, and more. Amongst other things David will also approach how to link shapes based on values.

Example painting

Reference photo


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

• PAINTS: Professional Brand Tube Paint: 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 his 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. Paint board: 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.

  • If going to transfer drawing guide using graphite paper, David highly recommends Craftsmart/MonaLisa Graphite Paper or Loew Cornell Gray Transfer Paper.


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