Landscape Painting with Michael Viera

Michael Viera, September Sunset, 2015, oil on canvas, 16 x 36

Spend your afternoons in October painting the beautiful autumnal light from magnificent private and public vistas in Lyme. This on-site course will teach students how to compose compelling compositions and develop paintings that interpret the ever-changing light and color of the landscape and waterways. Students will explore many painting techniques and methods to observe and paint from nature, where clouds, water, marsh and shore each present their own textural challenge. They will gain an understanding of how to mix colors for specific palettes when painting the sky, water and landscapes. Class demonstrations will be provided, but the emphasis will be on individual instruction to encourage the student’s own sense of personal expression. This four-week course is open to students of all levels.

Materials List

Oil Paints

  • Artist grades are recommended, but student grades are acceptable.
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium Cadmium Lemon
  • Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna Cadmium Red Medium Alizarin Crimson Permanent
  • Transparent Red Oxide or Burnt Sienna Cerulean Blue
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cold Black or Ivory Black Titanium White


  • A mix of hog bristle flats, filberts and brights in sizes 2 through 8 is a good start. 1 round in size 4 or 6


  • Portable Easel
  • Wood or plexiglass palette about 11” x 14” 2 Palette cups
  • 1 pint of Turpenoid or Gamsol 1 Small bottle of Liquin
  • Several Canvases 8” x 10” or larger.
  • 1 roll of a quality paper towel like Bounty Insect Repellant
  • Sunscreen