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Painting Mangroves & Their Reflections in Oil
Master-Artist Instructor: Douglas David

A painting of a mangrove tree near a body of water.

March 11 @ 9:30 am - March 12 @ 3:30 pm

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Brand new workshop! This exciting and fun class will cover the basic principles of oil painting, specifically regarding painting mangroves. After the basics are covered, we will start by painting some basic mangroves and their roots and move up to more complicated groupings of trees and their reflections throughout the two days. For those who have studied with Douglas before, this overview of principles is always a good review; and no matter what the subject, these principles are key, and new discussions and tips are added each season.

Each day’s demo will include simple discussions on composition, massing, building form, light and shadow, near and far, capturing and developing atmospheric distance, and, depending on your own style, knowing when a work is finished (learning how to not overwork your painting). Students will work in their own style/ technique so that the finished work is their own. Douglas will overview his palette and concepts his work entails.

After a brief morning intro and adequate time to mix and set up the palette, Douglas will demo a simple mangrove and let the class follow along. Much time will be allowed for individual discussion and review in a systematic rotation.  Various mangroves and their reflections will be painted over the two-day workshop and some incredible paintings will be accomplished. Depending on the skill level of each student, they can grow and develop at a rate that is to their comfort. Demos and individual discussions/ instruction will help each student begin to reach the preliminary goals they are striving to meet. Plan to produce several paintings. Plan to bring notebook/sketchbook and enjoy some demos along with some great stories to help you remember these principles that are the foundation of Douglas’ teaching.

Great News! Oil Painting Supply Kits are now available through the link below. Douglas used to offer kits in class, but demand was too great to keep up with, so this is the better way to get all the correct materials for the workshop!

You can click on the Blick link and order a kit in part or in its entirety or assemble the supplies below.

Supply list:

  • Liquin
  • odorless mineral spirits
  • oils – Utrecht (order from Dick Blick) Cad. Red Light, Aliz Crim., Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Green, Ultram. Blue, Ultram. Violet, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Green, Green Earth Hue, Sap Green, Prussian Green, Yellow Ochre, Ivory Black, large tube of “Permalba” White
  • OPTIONAL oils – Burnt Sienna, Jaune Brilliant No 2. Holbein Ivory White
  • paper towels
  • disposable palette pad
  • palette cup to put medium in (Liquin)
  • palette knife
  • brushes – filberts or flats – #2,4,6, maybe 8 or 10 or rounds in these sizes if you prefer rounds over filberts
  • mineral spirits or thinner
  • jar for mineral spirits or thinner to clean brushes
  • a few throw-away bristle brushes from hardware store in 1″ and 2-2.5″ sizes
  • canvases – quantity: 2 or 3 5″x7″, 2 or 3 8″x10″, 2 or 3 10″x20″ or 12″x16″ or 16″x20″ (or whatever size desired for larger paintings)
  • and anything else student needs to help them paint well and feel comfortable

Please prime all canvas with a thin coat of thinned-down Cad Red light and Permalba White to make a pink or light red tone on canvas.

Douglas has a “suitcase of supplies” he brings along; it includes some recommended books and some supplies in case a few students need a few items that are forgotten.

 Class/Tentative Outline

Day 1

1st hour: Welcome/Overview of Class.

2nd hour: Discuss principles with demos to explain ideas and concepts.

3rd hour: Mix Palette (Strings of color/organize your palette).

Lunch: Brown bag.

Afternoon: Demo in classroom on how to paint various mangroves.

Day 2

Morning: Demo in classroom on how to paint various mangroves.

Lunch: Brown bag.

Afternoon: Paint mangroves in studio.

Last hour: Group work from past 2 days and positive constructive critique with

the focus on future and how to apply materials learned in workshop.

Monday & Tuesday, March 11 & 12, 2024, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

2-day workshop, $423 / $345 Annual Donors

Class meets at 900 Dunlop Road.

To register, call 239-395-0900.


Douglas David InstructorDouglas David has painted his way across the country, capturing the beauty and spirit of the things he loves – tranquil country landscapes, sunrises and sunsets on his favorite beaches, a simple pitcher of spring lilacs or peonies, a slice of watermelon on a checkered tablecloth. His paintings are beautiful, simple, and timeless.

After graduating with honors from Herron School of Art, Indiana University, Douglas went on to study for several years with Frank Mason, famed instructor from the Art Students League of New York and student of Frank Vincent DuMond. A recipient of numerous regional and national awards and honors, Douglas is a member of many art associations and clubs including Hoosier Salon, Naples Art Association, Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, Salmagundi Club, and Southern Vermont Arts Center.

Douglas’ teaching is a way of giving back and sharing some of his journey with those who choose to study with him. He loves to share insights into the DuMond Palette with his students and bases all his teachings on classic principles.

Douglas’ work has been chosen for many private and public collections, including the Vice President’s residence; the United States Embassy to Sierra Leone; and, most recently, by request of Ambassador Donnelly, the United States Embassy to the Holy See (Vatican City).

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CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations made more than one week prior to the start of class will receive an 80% refund.

-Or- funds can be transferred to any other workshop of your choice during the current season.

Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable for cancellations made less than one-week (7-days) prior to the start of the class.


March 11 @ 9:30 am
March 12 @ 3:30 pm

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