Oil Painting with Eileen Eder


This course will cover the essential skills needed to make compelling paintings with luminosity and depth. Students will work from a still life set up, which is ideal for an artist wanting to improve their skills. Having control of light and subject allows an artist to focus on painting techniques and learn valuable lessons that can then be applied to both figure and landscape painting.

Each class will begin with a brief lesson, followed by a series of demonstrations. Focus will be given to composition, distinguishing and simplifying light and shadow, brushwork, the importance of edges and mixing color. Homework and additional instruction via the Internet is added to double one’s learning. This class is recommended for students of all levels who want individual instruction and the energy generated by working within a group. Students will find their work improving steadily.

image“Blue Glass Shadow” oil, 24 x 36

imageStudy with Plums, oil, 16 x 20

Materials list:
Drawing Materials
• pencil and eraser
• drawing pad 11 x 14 or 18 x 24
• drawing board a bit larger than your paper size, which can be a piece of foam core or cardboard, plus 2 hardware store large ‘bull dog’ clips.

Basic oil paints colors:
• Titanium White or Titanium/Zinc mix. (large tube, 200 ml. )
• Basic colors in 37 ml tubes:  Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Red Medium and Ultramarine Blue (can also called French Ultramarine)
Note: More advanced students can change the red and yellow to Cadmium Lemon Yellow plus Cadmium yellow medium
Cadmium Red Light plus Alizarine Crimson Red

Brands for oil paints could be (less to more expensive) Utrecht, Gamblin, Windsor Newton, Charvin, M. Graham, Old Holland or Michael Harding. Winton is a cheap version that you don’t want. Stay away from cheap or “student grade” paint. If you already have paints that cover the primary colors don’t buy new paints.

Stretched canvas or panels:
Stretched cotton primed canvases, oil or acrylic primed linen canvas boards or Ampersand Gessoboard (no cheap cardboard canvas boards). 8 x 10”, 9 x 12”, 12 x 12” or 11 x 14” are suggestions or use whatever you already have.  You will need one or 2 canvases each week if you are doing homework. (Alternatively, you could also use one of the oil primed stretched canvases, which is more expensive or, for the least expensive, you can use gessoed paper).

Palette knives (2) -Flexible metal, triangular in shape; 1 small size 1/4” and 1 medium 1/2” long.

Bristle Brushes: flats, sizes. 4, 6, 8 and 10. My favorites are Silver Brush Bristlon series or Rosemary Ivory long flats

Drawing Stick -  thin knitting needle, or dowel, pencil etc.

Viewer or window – made from cardboard or construction paper (I’ll provide)

Palette for mixing:  plexiglass, wood, or large grey disposable. Many of us use an Artist’s Palette Seal box made by Masterson that you can place in your refrigerator or freezer saving your paint from week. A large grey disposable palette will fit or have a piece of plexiglass cut to fit.

Gamsol odorless solvent ONLY. 

Small container for solvent.

Brush washer - Metal brush washers are expensive, but really worth it. A less expensive alternative brush washer is a glass “silicoil brush cleaner tank” but do NOT buy the silicoil cleaner to put in it. We use Gamsol only.

Rags and a roll of paper towels (Viva best)

Plastic bag for garbage and clip for attaching to easel.

Something to take your painting home in, like a box or a small panel mounted with tape to a larger board works well.

Feel free to email Eileen with any questions, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

All materials and supplies are available for purchase at our campus Art Store. For more information about hours visit: http://www.lymeacademy.edu/index.php/about/art_store