Introduction to Landscape Painting in Oils or Acrylics

$180 + Material List

John David Anderson
Course Code
Skill Level
All Levels
  1. October 18 - 19, 9AM - 4PM
3-201 High Street Southampton, Ontario N0H2L0

Paint handling, paint mixing, clean colour, brush and palette knife handling techniques, the painting process for alla prima, "all in one session” oils, seeing the subject in layers from dark to light, all with an impressionist approach will all be part of this 2 day class. Demos and discussion and lots of pushing paint around! Small painting exercises and a completed piece will be our result. The materials list will layout the necessary supplies for a successful entry into oils. All of the content will be applicable to acrylics as well, so acrylic painters are welcome to join!

Material List

Critical –
Alizarin Crimson or Permanent Rose
Ultramarine Blue
Cadmium Yellow - notes on this selection…Cadmium Yellow comes in a variety of characters and names that can be a little confusing. I use Grahams Cadmium Yellow, Gamblin Cadmium Yellow Medium and Winsor & Newton Cadmium Yellow Pale and in acrylics, Golden Cadmium Yellow Medium. These are all essentially “ Primary Yellows” in that they are not too orange leaning and not too lemon leaning. That’s important when using a limited palette. A poor yellow severely limits your colour mixing potential so if you have one yellow, make sure it’s a good one…not too lemony and not to orange leaning.
Transparent Iron Oxide, Graham’s, Transparent Earth Red, Gamblin or a transparent Burnt Sienna – the key point is its transparency
Titanium White

Very good to have –
Cadmium Red Light, Cobalt Blue or Pthalo Blue Red Shade, Quinacridone Violet ( it’s a red violet and not a blue violet), Viridian or Pthalo Green, Blue Shade, Cadmium Orange, Mixing White or Zinc White.

Nice to have but in no way critical -
Cobalt Teal, Perylene Red, Pyrrole Red, Pthalo Turquoise

Mediums – Important

Oil Painters should have Winsor & Newton Liquin Light Gel or Gamblin Solvent Free Gel
Acrylic Painters should have Matte Medium. I use Liquitex Ultra Matte


My personal preference is Flats and not Brights, Rounds or Filberts.

#12 Flat  about 1” wide
#10 Flat  about ¾” wide
#8   Flat  about ½ “ wide
#4   Flat  about 3/8” wide
#2   Flat   about ¼ “ wide

Palette knife – 2“ long, diamond shape blade, metal preferred…
For Oil Painters these should be Natural Bristle brushes, not synthetic.
For Acrylic Painters, please use long handled, synthetic bristle brushes, not folk art brushes, as they are too soft. I prefer the Curry’s Series 3800, green handle, brown bristle brushes. They are not cheap but when washed properly they last for many years.


I paint on boards a lot. Very thin plywood that has been sealed with Golden Acrylic GAC100 and then gessoed with Liquitex artist grade gesso is great. Home Depot has flooring underlay in 3 foot squares. I cut that up to a variety of sizes. The one side is smooth and has black markings on it. That is the good side.

If you are using Canvas or Canvas Panels, even though they are already gessoed, they benefit from  being sealed again with Golden GAC100 and a recoating with an artist grade gesso. Liquitex Artist grade is preferred.

8” x 10”  x  2
12” x 16”  x 2
16” x 20”  x  2

Oil Painters need Artist Grade Odourless Mineral spirits in a sealable jar, or wide mouth solvent container.

Acrylic Painters need a water container

Many rags

Sketch Pad – smallish

Pencils or markers :
I use Copic markers in a light, medium and dark grey along with a fine black marker.
If you prefer pencils then an HB, 4B and 6B would be an asset

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