Pet Portraits with Personality
ogether we will work through a stage by stage process to create a Pet Portrait in Oils- using an ‘islands to oceans’ method of working. We are aiming to make the eyes come alive and give the animal and your painting lots of personality! I hope to inspire you with some new ideas and techniques to take away with you and apply to your own work.
You will be working from your own image, either from an I-pad OR you can use a photograph at least 5” x 5”. The animal’s eyes must be clear and in focus. Crop your image so that it is square. The head of the animal should take up most of the frame. For good (free to use) reference images see www.pixabay.com The better the reference image – the better the painting!
Items to bring: A photograph of your animal or an image on an ipad / tablet. A black and white print out of your square cropped image as large as you can make it on an A4 piece of paper. A sharp pencil and a 30cm ruler. A selection of synthetic brushes to include some ‘short flat’ synthetic acrylic brushes. I like to use - Daler Rowney System 3: short flat ¼”, ½”, ¾”. Daler Rowney System 3 filbert size 2. Small round size 1 synthetic brush. Palette knives - Winsor and newton size 22 or similar. ‘Liquin’ painting medium. A flat mixing palette - paper palettes are fine. (£2 in ‘The Works’). A clean plastic takeaway box with a lid. An empty cereal box to take your work home in.
Acrylic colours as follows – Titanium White, Cerulean Blue, plus: Naples yellow if you are painting a white animal, Cadmium Orange if you are painting a brown animal, Quinacridone Red if you are painting a black animal. A good size jar for low odour thinners/white spirit substitute for cleaning your brushes, some rags or plenty of tissues to wipe brushes clean.
Oil colours as follows - Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium red, Alizarine Crimson, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, French Utramarine, Phthalo Blue.
If you’re trying oils for the first time- oil paint and medium can be supplied for use on the day at additional cost of £6.
Included on the day:
- 8” x 8” gessoboard and any other materials not specified for students to bring
- Expert tuition
- 1 to 1 guidance
- Detailed demonstrations
- A selection of tea, freshly brewed coffee, biscuits and delicious cakes
And of course you take your wonderful creations from the day. If you share any photographs of your day here and/or your finished work, we’d love to see them so please tag us @micklemsfarmcreativeworkshops or use the hashtag #micklemsfarmcreativeworkshops.
Terms - Fee is payable on booking. If, having booked, you cancel your booking, we are unable to offer a refund. However, you may nominate someone else to attend the workshop or class in your place by notifying us using the contact page on the Micklems Farm website. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop up to 48 hours prior to the workshop date. We will only cancel due to insufficient places sold and you will be refunded the full amount paid.
Level: Beginner or intermediate
Number of students: 10