Plein Air Painting with Doug Levitt
Aug 31 – Sept 7, 2018
Doug Levitt workshop goals:
Doug is an award winning artist whose alla prima painting style encourages spontaneity and passion within technique.
Doug teaches with humour and respect for individual styles – believing that art is best created in joy and that each artists style is uniquely their own. His intent as a mentor is to foster the development of that style by encouraging students to fully understand their talent and ability to grow within it.
- Learn to focus on essential shapes to capture a scene
- Strengthen composition
- Improve colour mixing and brush work in your paintings
- Execute stronger use of values, edges, temperature in your paintings
About Doug Levitt
Although Doug Levitt always wanted to be an artist, he never pursued it through most of his life, even though he drew avidly as a kid. “Something about it just intimidated me I guess and even though it gnawed at me, I always just put it off”, he says. Almost dying in an accident in 2001 changed his mind and focus however, and armed with a fresh load of art supplies he decided to conquer the demon. Surprised by the strong positive reaction from friends and family and with time on his hands recovering from the accident and subsequent surgeries, he decided to start attending art shows and sales.
“I’ve been painting full time ever since. I’ll paint anything that interests me or offers me growth as an artist, including portraits, still life and plein air landscapes, but my main focus is western art – particularly Native/First Nation culture, inspired by dream images I kept having early in my career. The images were so clear I just closed my eyes and ‘saw’ the image and then painted it – and I never remember my dreams as a rule – so that struck me as a special thing’. Doug began approaching First Nations people for answers to his inspirational dreams and quickly found both models and friends within that community who began to teach him more about their culture in an effort to aid him in depicting the images with a deeper correctness and respect than would otherwise have been possible. He has been very embraced by the culture and has received many gifts – including feathers and various artifacts, most notably a turtle shell medicine pouch.
In 2008, Doug was commissioned to paint the image used for the 2008 Calgary Stampede poster which promoted the Stampede world-wide. The painting was sold for $63,000 and was purchased by the Hudson’s Bay Company. Doug has also won Artist Choice (2), Collectors Choice (2) and Best of Show booth at Stampede. In 2013, he was honoured with the Outstanding Artistic Achievement award.
Supply List for Plein Air Oil Workshop with Doug Levitt
Doug Levitt workshop list of paint and supplies:
Yellow family: (good for landscapes, modifying skin tones, etc)
Cadmium Yellow Pale Hue
Red/Brown family: (good for everything – ground, rocks, trees, skin tones, etc)
Cadmium Red Hue
Blue family: (skies, water, shadows, etc)
Cerulean Blue Hue
Green family: (landscapes, modifying anything else including skin tones, skies, etc)
Ivory Black – this colour is great for deadening the brightness of other colours or for really exaggerating the shadow in certain spots or really dramatic effects. Paynes Gray works well for this too.
Please feel free to bring your own paints if they differ from Doug’s – this list is just in case you want to use the same paints or to experiment with something different than you may be used to.
Filbert bristle brushes ranging from 0 – 18 in size – Good for blocking in and thicker passages.
Filbert soft brushes ranging from 0 – 14 in size – Good for refined brush work and final detail
Rounds ranging from 3/0, 2/0, 0 and 1 in size – Good for extremely fine detail and signing paintings
Palette knife: Doug prefers a Small No. 5 for a combination of rough and detail application
A lot of students forget to bring an umbrella that can cover the easel (and themselves) in the case of inclement weather so this is your reminder. 🙂