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Sep 25

Eileen Murphy: Plein Air Painting on a Dark Ground (Afternoon Session)

September 25 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT



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Eileen Murphy: Plein Air Painting on a Dark Ground (Afternoon Session)
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$ 45.00
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Finding the Light: Plein Air Painting on a Dark Ground

In this workshop, students will work to capture early light and late-day light while working on a dry dark ground. This allows the painter to focus on capturing the light accurately without having to compete with the stark white of the canvas; it also allows for simpler modeling since some of the shadow values will already be accounted for. My surfaces will be prepared with a layer of burnt umber, applied in advance so that it will be dry on the day if the workshop.

Workshop Materials List
Materials: Suggested Limited Palette Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Medium, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Siena, Ivory Black

Optional Expanded Palette Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Orange, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Blue, Sap Green, Burnt umber, Ivory Black (*these palettes are just suggestions, not requirements; use what you have and what you’re comfortable with)

Brushes: Again, use what you have. I generally prefer flat brushes with synthetic bristles but use what you have and what you’re comfortable with. If you’re itching to get some new brushes, here are a few suggestions:

Richeson Gray Matters Oil/Acrylic Brush Set Richeson Grey Matters flat brush sizes 4 and 6— these are sturdy and basic but any flat brush will do Princeton pointed filbert brush, size 2 Any kind of mop brush for general blending

Palette Knife Small palette, if one is not included with your French easel/pochade box

Odorless mineral spirits

Leakproof brush washer

Rags/ paper towels

Masking tape

Supports- canvas or panel, primed with gesso and then painted with a layer of burnt umber that will be dry by the day of the workshop
Eileen Murphy Biography

Born in 1981 in Mount Kisco, NY – BA from Mount Holyoke College, 2003 – MFA from Pratt Institute, 2006

Eileen Murphy has spent her life along the Hudson River and has lived in Brooklyn, NY for the last fifteen years. Her current paintings are based on the landscape of Columbia County, NY, where she spends part of her time. Eileen has shown widely in New York City and the metropolitan area, and was awarded residencies to the Vermont Studio Center in 2004 and to Yaddo in 2013 and 2017. She received the Individual Artist Award from the Santo Foundation in 2017; in that same year, she was invited by the US Department of State to participate in the Art in the Embassies program. Her work is currently on view at the American Embassy in Algiers, Algeria, and in 2018 Eileen was invited to that city to give a workshop and a series of lectures. She is currently the Lead Faculty in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking at the Institute of Art and Design at New England College and her work is available at Sears-Peyton Gallery and at Carrie Haddad Gallery. Website:


September 25
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
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Olana State Historic Site
5720 NY-9G
Hudson, NY 12534 United States
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