"Swimming in Paint"

This is about the most fascinating career choice I ever made, that of an Oil Painter


Friday, December 2, 2016

SWIMING-IN-PAINT 2017



My painting method is direct

based on molding shapes, depicting light and shadow. Broad base at the beginning and continually refined (not over worked) until the desired effect is achieved or until the energy dissipates.....always the time to stop or sign off! 

chuck larivey


SWIMMING-IN-PAINT 2017 will be different than last. The team will sign-up a month at a time as opposed to the open single sessions we did in 2016. Each month will have (5) full sessions, (3)  Saturday sessions will be devoted to painting small practice works concluding with a great (2) day large format Saturday & Sunday session.

Choose your own subject, focus on it for the month.....learn and study it, with plenty of small quickly related small practice studies that revolve around your chosen subject. The idea is to get comfortable painting shapes, gestures and the colour, light and shadow rhythms that best represent your subject and painting intent.

During the week, binge on it, go online, look and study other examples that might be useful in your own work. Come in Saturday with a painting plan of what you expect to accomplish.....block the time and execute your plan.

IMPORTANT

  • At sign-up indicate your "subject preference" for the month - related references will be available or combine them with your own to form personal painting ideas.
  • Choose a single standard small works study size for the month (8x10, 12x12 or 11x14) Recommended Supplier: Jerry's, Centurion Oil Primed smooth linen, pads, panels or stretched canvas. Note: Linen pads can be mounted or stretch if worthy of wall space and the most economical surface to use for this type of work.

The last Saturday and Sunday session will apply everything learned from our small works to create a wonderful final work on a large format stretched linen canvas. (size determined by team member)

This process will be repeated each month throughout 2017  (Excluding December)

 Team limited to 10
fee $200
(Printed material list available at sign-up)

Contact Crossroads Art Center to reserve your space
804-278-8950

2017 SCHEDULE - 1ST QUARTER

CLASS ROOM (1) UNLESS NOTED

January 7, 14 ,21 , 28, 29(Sunday)
February 4, 11, 18, 25, 26(Sunday)
March 4, 11(Classroom 2), 20 , 25, 26(Sunday)

 

BASIC PROJECT INFORMATION

5X7 References will be available or bring your own

  • Brown bag or order lunch from Gretchen's before class. The lunch table is a wonderful time to chat and study our progress.
SUPPLY LIST
  • JERRY'S - Centurion double primed oil linen canvas pads for quick learning studies (20x16 shown)


 ALTERNATE



  • Royal soft grip brushes (SG4500 Series) available at $3.00 each.
#10, # 8, #6 & #4 Royal soft grip SG4520 Filbert (rounded flat)
 
#12, #8 & #4 Royal soft grip SG4510 Bright (flat)
 
 PURCHASE A DOZEN AND SAVE!
 
  • Glass palette - old picture frame glass works with a white sheet of paper and a cardboard backing or foam core with blue taped edges to hold it all together.
  • Flexible palette knives similar to the those shown
  • Small light weight paint scraper - available from hardware & paint stores
 
(16x20 shown)

  • Paper towels (3 or 4 sheets folded into quarters or halves)
  • Clean cotton rags - (cut up old cotton Tee shirts and white socks work well)
  • Odorless mineral spirits - at least 8 oz.

OIL PAINT
Basic palette
  • Neo Megilp oil painting medium (Gamblin)
  • Titanium White - fast drying Griffin alkyd (Winsor & Newton)
  • Naples yellow
  • Lemon yellow
  • Cadmium Yellow medium
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Cadmium Red
  • Permanent green light
  • Sap green
  • Chromium Oxide or green oxide
  •  Cerulean Blue
  • French Ultramarine Blue
  • Dioxazine Purple
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Permanent Rose

 SPECIAL OIL COLOURS
Specialty colours I always share.
 
  • Alizarin Orange (Williamsburg)
  • Sevres Blue (Williamsburg)
  • Ultramarine Blue French (Williamsburg) 
  • Provence Violet Bluish (Williamsburg)
  • Persian Rose (Williamsburg)
  • Cadmium Vermilion (Williamsburg)
  • Cadmium Yellow Lemon (Michael Harding)
  • Unbleached Titanium Pale (Williamsburg)

NOTE: Bring all your colours - I share all my colours - if a special colour works for you then buy it.

I don't normally use earth colours or black but I have them just in case.

Water based oils seems to work with regular oil paints and medium (Neo Megilp)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

S.I.P #38 Saturday 19th - Supermoon

"SWIMMING-IN-PAINT"


 Moody Landscapes

 "Supermoon"

10:00 am to 2:30pm  (Lunch break at 12:15)

team LIMITED TO 10
"SUNDAYS CLASS IS CANCELED"

The team will meet in CLASSROOM #1

 Contact Crossroads Art Center for details 804.278.8950 

"Swimming in Paint" is always about following the light, painting shapes with colour and energy!

J. M. W. Turner
Painter 1775-1851
 MOONLIGHT, a study at Millbank (1797)
  I wonder if this was Turner's SUPERMOON moment?

Joseph Mallord William Turner, RA was an English Romanticist landscape painter. Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, but is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivalling history painting.

In honor of our first Supermoon since 1948, the team will capture it and all it's glory in paint.

Saturday will be the last class this year. Swimming-in-Paint will take a Christmas break and start out fresh in January...... always nice to have a fresh start.
SUPER MOON'S!!



There will be the usual "volume" of references available (or bring your own). Add a MOON, make it your own and enjoy the day.....:=)

The ultimate goal of "Swimming-in-Paint" is to discover that "Signature Look"  in a team member!


While we could end up with a masterpiece, this exercise is not about making a masterpiece. If it doesn't work, wipe it off, jump in again - always with energy!

For those who can't make the class or live in distant lands, download the references and try this at home. Email me at Chuck@Larivey.com with your results - I would love to see them:=)

BASIC PROJECT INFORMATION 

5X7 References will be available

Brown bag or order lunch from Gretchen's before class. The lunch table is a wonderful time to chat and study our progress.

Canvas, preferably Centurion double primed oil linen. An ample supply of smooth stretched oil primed linen canvas in various sizes will always be available.

24x24 - $20.00 each
30x30 - Out of stock

There will also be a supply of Royal soft grip brushes (SG4500 Series) available at $2.50 each.

I do encourage using a glass palette - old picture frame glass works with a white sheet of paper and a cardboard backing or foam core with blue taped edges to hold it all together. 

Please try to have (1) Flexible palette knife. Preferably similar to the two on the left.

(16x20 shown)

SUPPLY LIST

(1) 24x24, 30x30 or larger canvas - Centurion oil primed linen or equal
(1) #10 Royal soft grip SG4520 Filbert (rounded flat)
(1) #12 or #10 Royal soft grip SG4510 Bright (flat)

A few palette knives (flexible)
Glass palette with a small paint scraper
3 or 4 sheets of paper towels (folded into quarters)
Neo Megilp oil painting medium
Clean cotton rags - (cut up old cotton Tee shirts and white socks work well)
Small amount of odorless mineral spirits - at least 8 oz.

Basic palette: I added a few of the specialty colours I often use - either way I always share those colours.

Titanium White or a fast drying Griffin alkyd by Winsor & Newton
Naples yellow
Lemon yellow
Cadmium Yellow medium
Alizarin Orange (Williamsburg)
Permanent green light
Sap green
Chromium Oxide or green oxide
Cerulean Blue
Sevres Blue (Williamsburg)
French Ultramarine Blue
Ultramarine Blue French (Williamsburg)
Dioxazine Purple
Provence Violet Bluish (Williamsburg)
Alizarin Crimson
Permanent Rose
Persian Rose (Williamsburg)
Cadmium Vermilion (Williamsburg)

NOTE: PAINTING SURFACE

Jerry's has Centurion oil linen well priced already stretched by the box (6)......check it out.

  ALWAYS WAIT FOR A SALE

http://www.jerrysartarama.com/canvas-surfaces/stretched-canvas/centurion

Royal SG4500 series long handle soft grip brushes (LINK)
or
Direct link to brushes - scroll down to the SG4500 series

Monday, November 14, 2016

Painting the Crowed, Chesterfield Center for the Arts

Last Friday night, Guy Crittenden and I were invited to showoff our painting skills before a very large dinner audience celebrating Baxter & Elaine Perkinson wonderful gift to the Chesterfield Center for the Arts.....

Both our paintings were successfully auctioned off later to benefit Chesterfields new "Baxter Perkinson Center for the Arts" building program.

 Painting the room in black tie and a black frame

Nationally known wildlife artist Guy Crittenden  making his painting glow


 WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE
Baxter Perkinson, Jenni Kirby and Elaine Perkinson

Congratulation to Hugh Cline, Chairman of the foundation  and the many, many others who worked none stop to made it a very successful night. A fascinating end to an already WOW day:=)