Susan Lyon and Scott Burdick: Painting the Portrait in Oil

by Matthew Innis |

Teachers: Susan Lyon and Scott Burdick
Students: 12 minimum – 18 maximum
Days: 6 days workshop
Workshop Dates: Reception October 23th. Workshop 24-28th October. Check out October 29th
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 Susan Lyon and Scott Burdick.

Scott and Susan will demonstrate each morning for three hours and the class will paint for three hours after lunch. We will do six paintings one for each day, there will be a different approach everyday, discussing ideas about drawing, value, color and technique. The first three days will focus on drawing and value, the last three days will explore color and how to paint thicker.

Painting supply list
— The two brands of oil paint we use the most are Winsor Newton and Rembrandt. Gamsol odorless mineral spirits is the best. Please don’t bring any mineral spirits or mediums that have an odor.
— You will need a metal jar or glass jar for your Gamsol (you can use a baby food jar). The metal jars with a metal loop to hang on the side of your pochade box is the most convenient.
— We will NOT be using any medium besides Gamsol.

Titanium white
Cadmium yellow
Yellow Ochre
Cadmium Orange
Cadmium Red
Permanent Rose or Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Transparent Oxide Red or Burnt Sienna
Cobalt Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Ivory Black

— We recommend ordering brushes from Dickblick or Rosemary & CO.
— Please bring some big brushes, you will be frustrated if you don’t have them. If you want to paint big you must use big brushes. Large bristle fan brushes are great for blocking in large areas with interesting brushstrokes.

Bristle brushes sizes:
Dickblick — we like the 5150 and  5131 series, I would suggest sizes  2,4,6
Rosemary & CO — sizes 6,8,10
Rosemary & CO — sizes  4,6,8,10

Mongoose brushes sizes:
The first two brushes are my favorite when I am painting a small head study: rounds — sizes 3 and 4, and filberts — size 1.
Long filberts —  sizes 4, 6, 8.
Long flats — sizes 4, 6, 8.

…These Kolinsky sable pointed round are nice brushes for detail — size 3 is great.

Palette knife  about an 1 1/2 ” long

We recommend
– You will need a wet panel carrier case. You can buy those at and, make sure to buy one that will fit the size panels that you bring. If you are painting on 11 by 14″ panel, please bring a carrying case that fits a 11 by 14″ panel.  Both sites sell the carrier cases made out of light weight foam core. We love them and travel with those cases everywhere we go.
– Baseball hat or visor — I always use one when I paint to keep the glare off my eyes from the spot light or lights above.
– A Camera — we won’t be working from photos, but you might like to shoot some of the demos or models to work on your paintings later on when you get home.

Who: Susan Lyon and Scott Burdick

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

When: October 23 – 29, 2017

Cost: 1,595€ – 4,295€ (depending on lodging)

Cost: 1,595€ – 4,295€ (depending on lodging)

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