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Painting Seascapes, Beaches, & Dunes in Oil
Master Artist-Instructor: Douglas David

A painting of a beach scene with reeds and waves.

February 19 @ 9:30 am - February 20 @ 3:30 pm

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Brand New Workshop! Class will cover the basic principles of oil painting regarding seascapes, beaches, and dunes. Learn how to build the wave, capture the motion of the sea, and better understand the colors in the sand.  After the basics are covered, we will start by painting a wave and several seascapes, beaches, and dunes in various atmospheric conditions throughout the 2-day workshop. 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. 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.

Students will mix paints and learn to mix basic strings of color to help comprehend the preparation/ set-up to prepare to paint in the studio. Students will work on small canvases, and the emphasis will be on capturing the time of day, atmosphere, break of the wave, and various atmospheric conditions. 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 studies and at least one or two larger paintings. Douglas will provide photos to paint from. 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 students need 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 and mix palette

Lunch: Brown bag

Afternoon: In studio

Day 2 

Morning: In Studio     

Lunch: Brown bag      

Afternoon: In studio

Monday & Tuesday, February 19 & 20, 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.


February 19 @ 9:30 am
February 20 @ 3:30 pm

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