Well, this is my last live painting class post for a while. I have enjoyed it so much, but I need to clear my plate to focus on some other projects for a while. It has been a learning experience for me and a great source of joy during these tough times! I really appreciate everyone who participated and sent me pictures of their work, notes, and e-mails telling me about their painting journey and how this class has been a bright spot for them, too.
I can’t tell you how many people started painting along with me simply because they’ve always wanted to try it. I can tell from the work I’ve been receiving that there are a lot of people who found a talent they didn’t know they possessed. It makes my whole year to hear that!
This isn’t the end, though. I’ll be back when my schedule allows and I may just schedule a random live painting class here and there over the summer if I have the time. Until then, there are so many wonderful art classes available. I am a particular fan of Jeanne Oliver’s courses (and she’s having a 50% off sale now) and there are so many good, free tutorials on YouTube.
Anyway, this is the cow we painted in the live class. It’s a royalty-free image I sourced online. I’m pretty sure I cropped this image out of a larger grouping of cows.
And here is the painting I did during the live class…
I painted on a 9 x 12 canvas panel using oils.
Here are the three options for watching the class…
YouTube Full – This one is edited a bit and it doesn’t include the comment thread.
Facebook Full – This is the entire live class with all of my chitchat and the comment thread from participants.
5-minute time-lapse – If you don’t want to watch the entire video, but want to see my process, you can watch this sped-up version.
And here are the paintings from one of the class participants! As always, I was so impressed with these and loved looking at the different style choices, brushwork, etc…
I have to make a quick commentary on the painting below. This was her 5th painting ever! Can you believe that? I told her she needs to keep at it.
Here is the supply list if you’d like to paint this cow. The live painting class videos will remain posted to my blog as well as YouTube and Facebook.
- Oil Paints – Buy the best you can. This is where you want to spend your money, because artist-grade paints have more concentrated pigments, so you can mix the colors without making mud. I like Windsor & Newton and Gamblin. (See below for some alternatives.)
- Gamsol (This is to thin the paint and clean brushes. You can also use turpentine, paint thinner, etc.) – Gamsol 14 oz bottle
- Container for Gamsol/solvent (You can also use a glass jar with a screw-on lid) – Leak-Proof Solvent Container
- 8 x 10 canvas or canvas board. If you are painting on something else, that’s okay, too! You don’t want to go too small with this cow or it’ll be trickier to get in the details. Going a little larger is better in this case!
- Palette – I use a wood palette, but you can order a glass one (white or gray), a paper palette (again, white or gray), or use a paper plate, a piece of cardboard, or even a piece of glass in a cheap/old frame.
- Paper towels
- Ziplock bag
- Soap to clean brushes & hands – I use Murphy’s Oil soap to clean my brushes and baby oil to clean my hands. You can also use an olive-oil-based soap or any soap that will clean off oil and grease.
- Easel – You don’t have to buy an easel, but could purchase an inexpensive tabletop easel. If you want to get a little fancier, you can buy a pochade box that has an easel and palette built-in. Really, though, you can paint flat or just prop your canvas up on some books or a cardboard box. Don’t let the lack of an easel stop you from joining us!
- Brushes – The bushy brush I’ve been using is actually not an Eclipse, but a Master’s Choice Long Filbert No. 4. You can get it HERE, too. The stiff-bristled brush I use is the No. 1 Ivory Long Flat (you can get it HERE, too) both from Rosemary & Co. Both of these shops (one in the US and one in the UK) are shipping to customers. For animals, I like using a short filbert (aka “cat tongue” brush) and you’ll need a fine brush, like a thin liner.
And, if you’d like to take more free painting classes, here are the rest…