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Masterclass: Realistic Clouds & Skies with Oils

On 3rd July '20, professional oil painter Nial Adams took us through a step-by-step painting of realistic clouds and skies with oils in a live webinar environment.

This 3hr masterclass includes Nial talking through the traditional methods of oil painting and demonstrating how to create landscapes using the wet-in-wet method, also known as Alla-Prima ('all at once'). He explains setting simple compositions, understanding light and perspective, working from dark to light, building form and contrast.

You can watch the workshop in full by clicking the unlocked video below. If it isn't unlocked, you can purchase it by visiting Nial's shop here:

See video, reference picture, materials required and paintings received below.

Reference Picture

Workshop Video (to unlock this video, purchase here)

(If you have paid to unlock the video but still can't see it showing, please contact us)

Materials Required

• Canvas Panel - 16" x 12" is ideal but you can go a little larger or smaller if preferred. (Toning is not necessary, but if you would like to tone your canvas, please see Class Prep video below)

• Oil paints (standard oil, any quality will do) - Ultramarine Blue, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Umber (or Vandyke Brown), Raw Sienna, Flake White (or Titanium White). Other useful colours (not essential include Lemon or Cadmium Yellow)

• Brushes - stiffer brushes for oil if possible, a few sizes, two or three, such as 4, 6, 8, 10 (see Class Prep video below)

• Medium - ideally Liquin Original, or linseed oil and white spirit or turps if preferred

• Palette/Painting Knife - metal or plastic for mixing.

• Palette for mixing - you can use a wood, glass or plastic palette, or even a large plate, waxed paper, etc.

• Paper towel - for cleaning as we go and wiping brushes, etc.

• White spirit - for cleaning up brushes afterwards. You can also use warm water and soap if preferred.

• Easel or drawing board - to sit the canvas on. Small table top, or free-standing easel. Something that holds the canvas.

Your paintings sent in to us:

Michelle W.

"Thankyou for a fabulous tutorial. Found colour mixing and technical instruction really helpful... and housekeeping tips too. Now to practice using my own photo references. Great fun. Thanks again"

Lilwen G.

Brenda W.

Debbie R.

Julie W.

Cath Connor


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