David Gray: The Portrait from Life

by Matthew Innis |

Teacher: David Gray
Students: 12 minimum – 18 maximum
Days: 5 days workshop, 6 days in residency
Workshop Dates: Reception October 16th. Workshop 17-21th October. Check out October 22th
Time: 9AM-6PM, includes 2 hour lunch break & coffee
Languange: English
Location: Son Triay, Menorca (Spain)
Status: open tuition

Students live in the same house with David Gray.

In my workshops I teach the application of the painting medium as I apply it in my own professional work. Though I strive to keep the class fun and upbeat, we move fast and cover a LOT of material in a short amount of time. Note taking is highly recommended. If you are totally new to oil painting this probably isn’t the class for you. It’s really going to benefit the student who has a firm grasp of drawing and oil painting basics. If you are really new you will learn a lot, to be sure, but a lot of it will be over your head, too. I will teach principles as I demonstrate on my own piece. You will also have the opportunity (and be expected) to apply the lessons on your own painting. Regardless of subject matter the schedule generally follows this sequence:

  • Day 1 — Underdrawing and Underpainting. I teach methods and thought processes of how to construct the underlying drawing of your subject on your painting support (your canvas or panel). We will also apply a thin layer of oil color onto the drawing in preparation for day two.
  • Day 2 — Overpainting — This is the real business of painting where I show you how to paint your subject region by region; bringing each area to a finish before moving on. Among other things we will discuss paint handling, basic color mixing and turning form.
  • Day 3 — Glazing and Continuing the Overpainting. On this day I will show you how to glaze and make minor adjustments as necessary. We will also continue to work on the overpainting.
  • Day 4 and 5 day — Classes will cover the same material a little more slowly and comprehensively.

In addition students are encouraged to ask any other questions applicable to the art making process. In past workshops we have discussed other items such as: composition, how to take good photo reference material, the importance of drawing/painting from life, personal art making philosophy, and many other related topics.

Who: David Gray

Where: Menorca Pulsar Art Residencies, Son Triay House, Menorca (ES)

When: October 16 – 22, 2017

Cost: 1,395€ – 3,690€ (depending on lodging)


Cost: 1,395€ – 3,690€ (depending on lodging)


Recent Articles

A Visit to Sotheby’s: May 21, 2018

by Matthew Innis |

Book Review: The Art of Harry Anderson

by Matthew Innis |

Rob Rey: A Glowing Review

by Matthew Innis |