Painting Fast & Loose

Peter Reid


October 23rd and October 24th


9am – 4pm


Location: Off-site

Payment can be made be made by etransfer (, phone with credit card, or in store by cash, credit or debit

Painting is much more than copying a landscape as it appears. Find the joy of painting without the labour of detail creating fresh work without that contrived look. Learn how not to get lost in detail, instead to create colourful and well designed compositional interpretations of your subject matter. Explore expressive, confident brush marks and the simplification while pulling out the important descriptive parts of the reference. We will be using a number of different and easy techniques to expand your painting repertoire. 

Materials List


·         Phthalo Blue or Phthalo Blue Green Shade (Not Red Shade)

·         Ultramarine Blue or French Ultramarine

·         Cadmium/Pyrrole or Napthol Red Light (Medium Ok)

·         Primary or Quinacradone Magenta

·         Cadmium/Bismuth or Arilide (Hansa) Yellow Lite

·         Cadmium/Bismuth or Arilide (Hansa) Yellow Deep*

·         Titanium White

·         Burnt Sienna*

·         Yellow Ochre/Yellow Oxide*

If you are signed up for a colour course, be sure to have these colours — not the one the guy in the art store tells you is “close”. This is the same colour list for all my classes and is a good primary list
*good to have, but not essential (will make life easier)

Small Spray Bottles:

Although these are not used in every class, I will show you how and where to use them. These are just cheap little bottles from the dollar store that we will be filling with paint. They often don’t last more than a day, so extras are handy.

Reference Material:

Bring your own photos or use my supplied prints of other artist paintings. A lot can be learned by copying the works of other artists.


Bring your choice of canvas, canvas boards, Masonite panels, birch panels, or water colour paper. Better to work smaller and complete more work in the workshop than a single, large piece.

8×10 to 16×20 range are good sizes for a workshop. My preference is Canvas


Your pallet should be flat with little wells for paint to stick in, and white. It can be glass, no-stick, plastic, or disposable; wet pallets are a great asset keeping your paint and mixes wet. Also bring paper towels and water cup or container.


Most brushes can be used for acrylic painting, along with fingers, colour shapers, and sponges. Below are the brushes I like to use most often. Get a couple of sizes in either flats or Filberts and one or two large flat. Don’t buy really cheap brushes, but you don’t need to buy really expensive brushes.

·         Filberts and/or flats (rounded/square end)

·         1” to 1 1/2” Flat

Friendly Reminder: Due to staff sensitivities to fragrances, please refrain from wearing perfume to class. Thanks! 


Tel: 905-372-1313


Mon - Fri: 10am - 5pm 

Sat: 10am - 4pm


Mon - Fri: 10am - 2pm



- Art Supplies

- Classes and Workshops

- Custom Framing

- Plaquing

- Canvas Stretching

- Custom Canvas Printing


264 Division Street

Cobourg, Ontario

K9A 3R1

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