Lindsey Bittner Graham

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Artist/Teacher:         Lindsey Bittner Graham

Workshop Title:       Painterly Horses in Landscape     

Date/Times:              August 7-8, 2015; 10am-4pm          

Location:                  Evergreen Fine Art, 3042 Evergreen Pkwy., Evergreen, CO 80439

Cost:                         $225.00 (includes horse model fee)

Class size:  Min/Max               4/10 


Workshop Description:


All levels of art students welcome in this two-day exciting and fun workshop.


Utilizing live horse models the first day, students will learn to first focus on quickly sketching horses to create an interesting composition using gray values and development of shapes. Then moving to oil paint, students will enjoy the spontaneity and challenge of painting horses alla prima! Lindsey will do quick demos during the day emphasizing composition, horse anatomy, light and shadow shapes, values, color, and tips on keeping your painting emotionally charged!


The second day, students will paint in the studio from photographic references, either taken from the day before or other photographs. Emphasis will be on analyzing a photograph to create an exciting composition, interpreting values, mixing color, creating a variety of edges, and various brush and pallet knife techniques to add interest and energy.



Supply List: 


Drawing Supplies:  Small sketchbook for portable use, small quick sketches/compositional studies. The type depends on personal preference. It could be smooth or rough.


A few graphite pencils-2B to 6B. Try out a few kinds (full graphite pencils, graphite sticks, etc.)

Kneaded eraser and sharpener


Paint (basic palette):  Traditional Oils (any brand); OR Water Mixable Oils (Holbein is my recommended brand), or Acrylics (if you prefer)


Titanium White, Cadmium Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Red Deep (I substitute the corresponding hue colors for the cadmiums), Burnt Sienna, Sap Green, Viridian Green, Ultramarine Blue Deep or French Ultramarine, Thalo Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Manganese Violet (Gamblin), Ivory Black.


Solvents and container (for use with traditional oil paints):  (Gamblin) Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits in a container with a tight closing lid; OR, if you want to paint without any solvent, Walnut Oil (M. Graham) works as effectively. What I do: I mix a container with half Gamsol and half Walnut Oil, and it seems to keep my brushes in great condition. Mediums: (Gamblin) Solvent-Free Gel, or (Weber) Res.n.gel are the only mediums allowed (both non toxic and odorless). Please, no Liquin, or any other mediums.


Solvents and container (for use with water mixable oil paints): NO solvents at all, Artisan Thinner recommended, Artisan safflower oil, water.


Brushes/Palette Knife:  Variety of Flats, Brights, and Filberts recommended. Also, 1/4" and 1/2" angled sable brushes. Have a good range of sizes:  2,6,8,12,14. A very small sable flat and round are also recommended. Palette knife recommended as well.


Canvas/Panels:  At least 5 gesso primed canvas or linen panels or gessoed boards (what I prefer to use).  Stretched canvas not recommended.  Keep sizes between 8x10 and 11x14.


Lightweight Easel:   I recommend a Field Easel or Pochade box (Strada, Open Box M, Guerrilla Painter, Soltek, etc.)  A Julian French Easel or half easel will also be acceptable.


Additional Items:


Backpack                Trash bags      

Sun Hat                  Painters umbrella

Sunscreen               Hand Cleaner (Fast Orange)

Neutral-colored clothing (Bright colors reflect)

Nitrile Gloves (if you want)

Paper Towels


Insect repellant  

Camera (highly recommended) 

Dress in layers    

Horse/landscape, barn, or pet (your choice) photos (to use for 2nd day, and if weather is bad on 1st day).  If you do not have any favorite photos, I will have plenty to choose from.