Birds in Oils with Mike Skidmore - 19th February 2020
How to paint a realistic bird in oils.
1 day workshop - suitable for beginners and improvers
What we will do in our time together
We’ll be doing a pencil drawing directly onto the canvas, which we’ll ‘fix’ with a transparent coat of
acrylic. Then we’ll paint a tonal picture in white and grey acrylic, as this ensures the underpainting
dries quickly. Finally we’ll paint in oils, covering every aspect of the classical painting process.
We'll cover the following:
Drawing on the canvas - freehand or with a fantastically easy grid method I have devised. Whichever works for you
How to do an underpainting, and why it is such a useful approach
Glazing, impasto and working with layers to build depth and dimension
Oil paints and mediums - everything you need to know
How many of the Old Masters created their pictures
Developing your own style - I’m not trying to tell you how to paint at home, I’m here to show you techniques that you can integrate into your own work as you see fit
How to appreciate your achievements rather than focussing on negatives. We are all our own worst enemy when it comes to personal criticism
Lots of tips to help you make the most of your talent (we are all much better than we think we are)
2b pencils and sharpener
3 x jam jars
A cotton rag
'T' square - a cheap plastic one will do
Palettes - the silver foil platters that supermarkets sell are ideal. Students can
then take them home and use the paint on them.
Acrylics - I will bring a selection of what is needed
I will also have a selection of paints to use, so don't splash out!
Oil or acrylic brushes are fine
A sable or rigger brush in either size 3, 4, 5
Square end or filbert brushes in size 2, 4, 6
Blending brush (sometimes called a fan brush)
I will also bring a selection in case someone hasn't got a particular brush
I prefer students to work on the same canvas boards that I use, as I know
exactly how the paint will behave: Belle Arte canvas boards 24 x 30 cm which can be bought online from Jackson's Art.
They are about £7.00 each. I will also bring some in case anyone can't get hold of them.
I make my own and will provide enough for each student