plein air landscape painter

I’ve been asked to teach a course on the island of Mustique. Pricing is still being worked out but it will be more expensive than my usual classes, though the accommodations, food and locations will merit the increase. If you would be interested in painting in a tropical paradise, please email me and I can send you further details when I have them.

My wife and I have organized a plein air painting course in France for August, 2024. (Update: The August 2024 course is currently full.)

The dates are the 24th of August to the 1st of September and the location is the Ch√Ęteau de Bouthonvilliers in Dangeau. It’s an hour and a half from Paris.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list for future courses, please please email me at, or use the Mailchimp form below.

For those that can’t make it on one of my workshops, I have painting demos from past courses on my YouTube channel here.

I’ll add the materials list here, since people often ask for it. For the August 2024 course these materials will be supplied.

Oil Colors:

  • Titanium white.
  • Cadmium yellow light (not Lemon)
  • Cadmium yellow medium
  • Cadmium orange
  • Yellow ocher
  • A light cadmium red or vermilion
  • Cadmium red medium
  • Cerulean blue
  • Ultramarine blue (Old Holland ultramarine deep is essential).
  • Cobalt blue (manganese blue if it’s a tropical location).

For most colors, I use Williamsburg, for blues I prefer Old Holland. Most titanium whites are fine.
The only important one is Old Holland’s ultramarine deep.


Other stuff:

  • Portable easel.
  • Support: 20 x 30 cm (8 x 12 in.) or larger prepared wood panels or primed linen canvas.
  • A palette, preferably folding for keeping paint off of your transportation.
  • Palette cups for turpentine and medium.
  • Palette knives.
  • A selection of brushes. I use Cornelissen series 44 bristle brushes (sizes 3 to 8) and small Zecchi sables (sizes 0 to 5).
  • Hat, sunscreen, waterproof clothes, a clip-on umbrella, and bug spray.

And, for people traveling to take one of my courses, here is a video with some thoughts on flying with oil painting equipment: