Alla Prima Oil Painting Without Toxic Solvents | David Reeves | August 3 – 5


Instructor: David Reeves

Dates: August 3, 4, 5 2021 | Days/Times: Tuesday – Thursday, 9.30 – 4.30

Cost: $225.00

(We do not charge HST) SSANC Members may use their discount. Bursaries available, please contact us for more information if interested. A credit or full refund will be offered if the course is cancelled by SSANC

Where/Studio: SSANC front studio/plein air

Experience level/Ages recommended: Beginner to intermediate – youth/adult

Materials Required by Students: See tabs below

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SKU: CA-DR-oils-01 Category: Instructor:


This course is for beginner to emerging painters who would like to paint directly in oils but are concerned about the toxicity of some solvents and pigments. Emphasis will be placed on alternative methods through the use of walnut oil mediums and eco-friendly solvents. Alla prima (single application) oil painting methods will be demonstrated through hands-on sessions using still-life setups or photographs as references indoors and Plein-air sessions outdoors with weather permitting. Additional topics will include: making and preparation of painting surfaces, making paint using dry pigments and walnut oil, basic composition concepts, preliminary sketching/notans, and basics of colour mixing.

Instructor Bio

David Reeves began painting in watercolour following graduation from the University of Toronto in 1976. He was educated as a professional engineer and has recently retired from that profession after more than 40 years while continuing to draw and paint over that time period. In the past few years, he has devoted much of his time to artistic interests. He lives in Quispamsis, New Brunswick, on the beautiful Kennebecasis River. David combines his Painting with a love for sailing, sea kayaking and camping. Seascape subjects appear frequently in his paintings.
David paints in oils, watercolours, pastels, and acrylics frequently mixing the media depending on the subject matter. The quality of his paintings has been achieved by hard work, determination, and a passion for art and creativity. This dedication was rewarded at the 2004 Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC) “Open Water” national juried show held in Toronto, Ontario. He was awarded the H.K. Holbein Award for Innovative Use of Watercolour for his painting “Surfacing”. David was elected as a member of the CSPWC and the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA) in 2006. He is also a member of the Plein Air Painters of Fundy.
His painting “Night Descending on the Harbour” was awarded the 4th Place Prize in the Pastel Journal’s annual Pastel 100 competition. This was followed by a request by North Light Books to publish three of his paintings in his own section of the book “Abstract Painting – A Celebration of Contemporary Art”. He also received a third-place award at the Sunbury Shores Art and Nature Centre show “The Art of Food” for his watercolour “Strawberries and Beer for Peter”. His most recent work can be viewed at and in the SCA 2021 Open International Juried Online Exhibition. Check out his Facebook page

Materials List Required by Students

  • Small sketch pad and pencils (2b, 4b, 6b recommended) or black Conte sticks instead of pencils
  • Painting clothes and/or apron
  • Paper towels/rags
  • Hand wipes
  • Brush cleaning: 1 glass jar with lid and 1 – 400 g size empty coffee can, 1 empty tuna can with a lid removed (fits inside 400 g coffee can).
  • A couple of small plastic containers (yogurt containers work well) to hold walnut oil medium
  • Painting palette and disposable palette pad (e.g. Canson or Richeson brands)
  • Masking tape, any size
  • Portable easel for outdoors (if you already own one, otherwise use SSAC equipment)
  • Bristle brush selection (suggest sizes 4, 6, 8, filbert or flat but your preference)
  • A couple of small round synthetic or sable brushes (sizes 2, 4, also your preference)
  • Selection of oil paints – titanium white, warm and cool primaries: Blue (cool – Phalo Blue (green shade), warm – ultramarine blue), Yellow (cool – Hansa yellow or Azo Yellow or Cad Yellow Light, warm – Indian Yellow or Cad Yellow Deep) and Red (cool – Cad Red or Quin Rose or Alizarin Crimson, warm – Naphthol Red, Quin Red or Cad Red Light), some earth colours such as burnt sienna, raw umber. Any other colours of your preference.
  • Digital camera, phone or tablet for outdoor photos of painting locations
  • Your own reference images for indoor painting (canvas or panels not required by students as we will make our own in class to sizes 9×12 or 11×14, however, if you want to paint larger sizes bring your own preferred painting surface.)