Painting the Fall Colours with Doug Swinton

Spend the first day of this plain air painting workshop outside on the Leighton hill and a second day down in the valley painting the fall tree colours with Doug Swinton. Learn composition for plain air, colour mixes for fall colour, and how to achieve distance with colour. We will paint a minimum of 4 paintings a day. Some will be repeats but you will learn how to practice what is preached. Open for oil or acrylic painters. Supplies are required.


Supply List


• PAINTS: for oil or acrylic (or watercolour)

  •  Cad yellow
  •  Cad yellow deep (only if you’re painting fall trees!)
  •  Yellow ochre
  •  Cad orange
  •  Burnt sienna
  •  Quinacridone rose
  •  Ultra blue
  •  Manganese blue hue (M. Graham)
  •  Phalo turquoise blue (Stevenson)
  •  Titanium white
  • Any other colours that you use in your palette are fine.
  • Try to use artist grade paints (M. Graham, Utrecht etc.) Please no craft paints.


• PALETTE: The bigger the better. No egg cartons or styrofoam meat trays.


• BRUSHES: Good quality bristle brushes (Heinz Jordan blue handle bristle brushes, etc.)
- Brush sizes: 2, 4, 6, 8, and 12, flats
- A #1 or #2 Taklon liner brush

• CANVAS: Do not bring dollar store canvases or cheap three for one-sale type canvases! You will be disappointed. Bring any size you would like to try. Smaller canvases are easier to get finished in class, large canvases will allow you less time to try things.

  •  Four 6 x 8 inch canvases
  •  Two 8 x 10 inch canvases
  •  Two 9 x 12 inch canvases
  •  Canvas boards and or hardboards are also fine to paint on if you don’t prefer stretched canvases


• You will also need:

  •  Portable easel that can be easily carried and set up outside
  •  A portable seat if you prefer to sit while plain air painting instead of standing
  •  Gamblin solvent free gel or liquid
  •  Thinner pot with screen (yogurt container for water if your acrylic)
  •  Eco house or gamsol non-toxic thinner
  •  Sketchbook 9x12 or bigger for taking notes.
  •  Vine charcoal
  •  Blue shop towels (hardware store)
  •  Garbage bags (safeway bag)
  •  Wet painting carrier
  •  Baby wipes
  •  Hat
  •  Bug spray
  •  Warm layered clothes depending on changing weather.
  •  Lunch and drinking water