Landscape Painting with Deborah Quinn-Munson

Deborah Quinn-Munson, Quiet Spot, oil on board, 8” x 8”

In this class we will explore basic oil painting techniques with an emphasis on developing strong, dynamic compositions.  Work will be done in the studio and outside, weather permitting.  Demonstrations will be given followed by exercises in design, value and color.  We will closely examine the relationship of large shape to small, dark value to light and warm color to cool, for example, to see how these painting elements work together to create strong paintings.

Students will create quick studies and sketches followed by more developed paintings.  Individual instruction will be tailored to the participant’s needs.

Deborah Quinn-Munson, September Clouds, oil on board, 18” x 36”


Oil Paints
I use:
Gamblin or other artist grade paint, 37ml tubes
Suggested colors
Permalba White or Titanium White (large tube – 150 ml)
Cadmiun Yellow Light or Hansa Yellow
Burnt sienna
Quinacridone red
Ultramarine blue
Pthalo Blue
Viridian green, sap green or permanent green light
Van Dyke Brown
Bring your own colors, if you like.

Paper or wood

Painting knives and brushes
Palette knives (approximately ¼” to ¾”, triangular in shape
Bristle brushes (selection of sizes ranging from 4 to 10, flats or filberts and one fan brush approximately 1” wide.

Gamsol (ONLY), small
Liquin Original, small
Small glass container for solvent with cover (old, clean jar works well)

Supports (approximately 2 per week)
Gessobord by Ampersand (flat painting boards, for oil painting with a palette knife in particular.  Thick paint is less likely to crack on a board such as this.

Stretched cotton canvas, oil or acrylic primed
Suggested sizes: 8x10” to 12x16”.  Please purchase several square format boards or canvases, 12x12”
No inexpensive canvas panels please
If you already own canvas or boards, bring them along.

Plein air easel for work in the field. 

Paper Towels
Trash bag and clip to attach to easel
Hand protectant, such as Invisible Glove
notebook, sketchbook
pencils (soft, 2B or 4B is fine)
photographs for reference
Bug spray
Water to drink
Viewfinder (may be cardboard)
Bungee cords to stabilize palettes in the field, several lengths