Develop your skills of observation and simpliﬁcation in the beautiful village of Sconset. Master landscape painter Dan Graziano teaches the “wet on wet” method of controlling brushwork to create strong “painterly” paintings. Oil painting basics, as well as color, value, edges, and perspective fundamentals will lead the discussion of what goes into making successful painting. Dan will explain his process with a short demo each day. One-on-one instruction will include a series of timed painting exercises, incorporating the techniques discussed.
Dan Graziano is an award winning, nationally exhibited artist whose paintings capture the hidden beauty found in the unexpected places and fleeting moments of everyday life. Incorporating dramatic light, shadow, color and perspective, his compositions feature a diversity of subjects - from a simple still life to rugged coastlines, active urban life, lively cafes and bars, small rural towns and forgotten roadside relics. His work has been featured in numerous publications and is in the collections of private and corporate collectors throughout the world.
His artistic vision began taking shape in the 60's, during America's explosive political, cultural and artistic awakening. His first formal training focused on advertising and illustration, but a career opportunity in architecture and urban planning altered his original direction. When he returned to painting, he was drawn to the rich complexity of the urban landscape – inspired by Edward Hopper and other urbanist painters. As an accomplished blues guitarist (his other great passion), he found the city streets, time worn buildings and multiple layers of decay and repair a visual parallel to the spirit and culture of the music.
“In my paintings, I try to capture the hidden beauty found in the unexpected places and fleeting moments of everyday life. I continue to be intrigued by the urban landscapes of inner cities - their active streets, time worn buildings and multiple layers of decay, renewal and adaptation - that proudly display the effects of age and use, which I see as testaments to strength, character and authenticity in contrast with modern society’s demand for newness, imitation, disposability and easy duplication. My work is influenced by the American realists such as Sargent, Hopper and the three generations of Wyeths along with California painters Wayne Thiebaud and Richard Diebenkorn.”
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Portable/field easel and palette - French field easel or pochade box with tripod. Must be set up and ready to go before class starts.
Spring clamps, bungee cords
Small sketch pad w/ pencil or marker
Oil Pigments Suggested :
- Ultramarine Blue
- Manganese Blue
- Sap Green
- Burnt Sienna
- Burnt Umber
- Alizarin Crimson
- Cadmium Red
- Cadmium Yellow
- Yellow Ochre
- Titanium White (Unless you are a beginner, bring any limited color palette you are comfortable with using.)
- Hog bristle or good quality synthetic brushes for oil painting.
- Assortment of Filberts, Flats, and Assorted Rounds
in various sizes (4,6,8,10,12)
- 1 Sable Rigger (liner)
Recommended: Robert Simmons Signet series (hog bristle) and Rosemary & Co. Ivory series (synthetic). NO WORN OUT BRUSHES
Solvent: Gamsol only (No turps, mineral spirits or turpenoid) Solvent container with clamping lid (recommended: Da Vinci brand) Medium: - Graham’s Walnut Alkyd Medium- a fast drying and non-toxic product, Gamblin Neo Megilp. Medium cup or container
3 to 4 small panels for each day ( sizes 5x7, 6x8, 8x10, 9x12 )
No stretched canvases or slick surfaces.
Clean up :
Wipes or baby oil
Disposable bag for trash
Plein-Air Guidelines :
- disposable gloves optional
- wet panel carrier
- plein air umbrella
- bug spray
- snacks, bag lunch, plenty of bottled water
- NEUTRAL-colors for low color reflection upon canvas
- layers for weather changes
- wide brim sun hat
- clothing that you can get paint on (old clothes/apron)