In this workshop we will learn how to paint flowers in an imaginative style using traditional oil painting techniques. The focus of this workshop is to create a “story” around the theme of flowers and make a traditional painting theme look imaginative and fun. We will work on a medium sized panel (Ampersand gessoboard), where you will learn to apply oils starting from the underpaint to applying many layers and forming glazes. We will be focusing on composition as a way to form a narrative visual story through painting
Previous oil painting experience is not needed.
What you will learn:
- You will learn to use your imagination in creating an interesting composition.
- You will learn how to balance elements and use light and shade. –
- Through a step-by-step demo you will learn how to apply thick on thin.
- You can choose to paint alla-prima or take a “layering” approach.
- You will learn what it means to paint thick on thin, the correct usage of turpentine, linseed and walnut oil and about “timing” it right, which is essential when learning to paint in layers.
- We will focus on composition and color usage.
- Through group discussion we will talk about what your painting is wanting to express and the symbolism behind the imagery you chose.
- We will have fun exploring new techniques that you have not tried before!
- I will be doing a demo as we progress from stage to stage on my own panel to teach you timing and technique.
Who can benefit from this Workshop and noteworthy things:
- Anyone looking to have some fun when painting!
- Oil painting experience is not needed. Ilona will teach basic oil painting rules with a step-by step approach.
- Painting on panel versus canvas is somewhat different. If you already have experience painting on canvas, this will be a fun experience for you to try a new medium to paint on, and you will learn that oil painting drying times are different.
Please see the Supplies Tab.
As the theme of this workshop is imaginative flowers, please bring the following:
A small assortment of your favorite flowers in a vase. (You can bring real flowers or fake ones)
Please bring one personal item that is of personal importance to you, that you would like to
include in your painting. Bring you phone to take a picture of the set up. You will need this in the
Note: When painting in oil colors you want to get medium to high quality products. It’s easier to
paint with good quality brushes and paints versus very cheap ones! Most of the supplies you can
either get at Blick Art Store or online at Jerry’s Artarama. Either way, just make sure you order
- Oil paints colors:
- You can use your favorite oil colors, or choose Winton or Winsor and Newton (which is
a tad more expensive), both are good quality oil colors. Please avoid using the really
cheap oil colors. It will only make painting harder.
- You can get these colors at Blick’s Art Store or at Jerry’s Artarama
We only need two colors, ochre and white. Any brand is fine. 1 big brush for acrylics. It
does not need to be expensive. This is for underpaint.
- Gamsol odorless mineral spirit
You can get this at Blick’s Art Store or Jerrys Artarama
- Gamlin refined linseed oil
You can get this at Blick’s Art Store
Oil paint brushes
- Sable or hog bristle brushes are the best. I use sable and I get mine from Blick Art Store,
but you can also try the hog ones or buy a few of both to see which you like more. Here
are the hog ones:
My favorite sable brushes are BLICK Masterstroke, Finest Red Sable:
No.1, 3, 4, 6, 8 and 10. I prefer the Filbert ones. Please bring at least one small round brush for
detailing and one bigger (No.8).
Other materials needed:
- 1 Ampersand Gessoboard 11 x 14, Flat 1/8” Panel or slightly larger.
- 1 sketchbook and a couple of pencils 3B and 4B, eraser
- 1 box of willow charcoal. Medium, 12 sticks. Winsor and Newton (at Blicks)
- 1 leather rag or kitchen towel paper (for erasing charcoal)
- Matte Fixative spray can for charcoal. You can get one at Blick Art Store or here:
- Your favorite color mixing palette
- Cotton rags for cleaning
- 2 tall glass jars for your turpentine
- 2 medium tall glass jars for turpentine and linseed oil
- 1 yoghurt plastic container
Thanks for joining my workshop, can’t wait to meet you! We will have fun!