Monday, January 20, 2014

Workshop in Holland!

 A Dutch Workshop !

 

4-12 September 2014...get ready!

This workshop will consist of eight days, including five days of painting, one day for a museum visit, and two free days. The two free days (on which you may sight-see, paint, or do whatever else may appeal), and the museum day (where I will accompany the class to talk about the work we'll see), will be scheduled once we are in Holland. This will enable us to have some flexibility with the weather.

Cornelis Vreedenbergh
 We will based in Alkmaar, in Noord Holland, convenient to farmland, the seacoast, and polders (with their windmills). Alkmaar is only 30 minutes from Haarlem (Frans Hals Museum) and 40 minutes from Amsterdam. It's my intention that we will paint both in villages and in the countryside. We may also paint one day in town.



We now have a quorum for the trip, with a small number of additional places available. Please let me know immediately if you would like to join us.


Cornelis Vreedenbergh
My workshops are different from some in terms of arrangements. The tuition fee of $790.00 covers only tuition. In order to be registered, you must send a deposit of $395.00 at the time of registration. 

This deposit will be non-refundable after 1 June 2014. The balance of tuition ($395.00) is due not later than 15 June 2014. 

Checks should be made to Donald Jurney, and sent to Donald Jurney, 9 Strong Street, Newburyport, MA 01950. Your registration will be promptly acknowledged by email.


W. C. Keith (American)


Transportation to and from the Netherlands, car rental, accommodations, meals, travel insurance, and other incidentals are the responsibility of each student.


Anton Mauve
Many students combine workshop trips with other travel and we've found that allowing students to make their own reservations for transportation is best. Likewise, students seem to have different ideas about what they would prefer in terms of lodging, etc. Thus it's proven most satisfactory for students to suit their own needs. If you should wish to share a room with another student, let me know and I will put you in touch.


Claude Monet
I will be sending out some accommodation ideas and links to registrants in the near future.

Willem Tholen
Regarding car rentals: public transportation in the Netherlands is very good. Our inter-city travel will be done by train. But for local travel into the countryside, cars will, regrettably, be required. If you would like to share car rental expense with other students, please let me know and I will put you in touch.

Johannes Vermeer
At the moment, Icelandic Air is offering a fare of $925, roundtrip, Boston to Amsterdam, via Keflavik.

P. J. C. Gabriel




Materials lists, equipment lists, etc., will be sent to registrants as soon as their deposits have been received.

I look forward to painting with you in September! Please don't hesitate to write if you should have any questions (dbjurney@verizon.net)

  



Wednesday, July 10, 2013

July and August Workshops


I don't mean to be an alarmist, but it seems to me that we need to make plans for a couple more outings before Labor Day.

The July Weekend Workshop is filling. There are a few remaining places. July 20-21.

I can do two in August. By then I'll be getting anxious that the summer's getting away from us, and I'll be dreading snow and slush.
The August weekends, should there be enough interest, will August 9-10 and August 24-25.

If you'd like to participate in any of these weekends, please contact Sarajean Graham, Keeper of the List, at sarajean.graham@comcast.net

Paint well!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Workshop in France, June 2013!

Come paint with us in the 
Heart of France!
 
Boischaut-Sud (Hellio Van Ingen)
We'll be painting chateaux, winding rivers, and splendid countryside. Donald has made many trips to this area over the last 15 years. You can see some of his drawings, done in the local area, here and here.
Chateau de Sarzay

A Seven-day Plein Air Painting Workshop in the Heart of France with Donald Jurney, 24-30 June 2013.

We will be based in and around the lovely market town of La Chatre, in the center of France . Come feast on the visual splendor of the landscape made famous by George Sand, one of the most beautiful, and least tourist-filled areas of France.
 
The workshop is seven days, with five days of painting instruction. Days three and six are free days on which you can explore, visit chateaux, or paint on your own. Or you can just shop or relax. On previous workshops we've had spouses come along----you'll find there's plenty to see and do!

The workshop days feature a morning demonstration, followed by ample hands-on painting time. During the remainder of the morning, and in the afternoon, Donald will help students, at their easels. Generally, we work from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with an hour's break at lunchtime.

Forteresse de Cluis-dessous

La Chatre

Reservation and Payment

The cost of the workshop is $750.00 US and includes the workshop only. Participants are responsible for their own accommodations, transportation and meals. There are 10 spaces in this workshop and they are expected to fill. To reserve your space please email Donald at dbjurney@verizon.net
You may send a check for your deposit ($375.00), made payable to Donald Jurney, to:

Donald Jurney
9 Strong Street
Newburyport, MA 01950

This reservation fee of $375.00 is non-refundable after April 10, 2013. You must pay the remaining balance of $375.00 in full, no later than May 10, 2013.

Note: We are also doing a workshop in England, centered on Stow-on-the-Wold, in the Cotswolds. This will run from 10 June to 16 June 2013. As you'll see, there's a week between the two workshops, allowing students and spouses to travel. There are students who are taking both workshops, eager to paint in both of these very distinct landscapes. 
Students on our Scotland Workshop, September 2012

Accommodations

Students must make their own lodging arrangements. This has proven to be the best idea, since tastes and budgets vary a good deal. Here are some suggestions to help you get started, compliments of Jon Main, a student enrolled in this workshop, who is resident in France.

http://www.veportier.com/

http://chambredhote-lachatre36.weebly.com/

http://nohant-ripoton.pagesperso-orange.fr/Chambres.htm

http://www.chambre-dhotes-la-chatre.fr/

http://www.chambres-hotes.fr/chambres-hotes_chambres-d-hotes-la-grange_nohant-vic_25859.htm

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g187128-La_Chatre_Indre_Berry_Centre-Hotels.html

If you need help with lodging reservations, let Donald know: dbjurney@verizon.net

Bed and Breakfast is "chambres d'hotes" in French. You may also find some self-catering accommodations. These are called "gites".

http://www.pays-george-sand.com/Meubles-de-Tourisme-classes-Gites  





Art Supply List France

(We will be painting outdoors, not far from our vehicles, but think "light" and "portable"). There are many online art suppliers. Click any of these links to go directly to these sites:

Easel
or
portable pochade box mounted on a photographers tripod for working outside.
Palette
Wooden palette
Painting surface
Bring 2 surfaces for each painting day. 18x24" or smaller is recommended.
*Wind River Arts carries Linen mounted canvas boards.
*Raymar Art Linen mounted boards.

On our Vermont Plein Air Workshop, June 2012
Paint
From Donald, regarding the palette: You will notice that there are 13 colors plus white, on the suggested palette list. Some of these colors may be new ones to you and some students may be surprised to see no cadmium yellows, cadmium red, or phthalo blue. I personally think that they are too strident for outdoor painting and they definitely require tremendous care to make sure they don't dominate your painting. Mother nature is a girl full of nuance, and I'm sure you'll find your job a great deal easier, and more fun, using this particular palette. The three colors, identified in the photo by asterisks, are required of everyone. Be assured, nonetheless, that we'll figure it out, no matter what odd assortment you bring from your own paint box. And, certainly, bring some of your favorites for show and tell.

Rembrandt mixed white #103 (Titanium-Zinc)
Rembrandt Yellow Ochre Light #228
Rembrandt Naples Yellow Deep #223 *(essential)
Windsor Newton Yellow Ochre 744
Rembrandt Vermillion #311
Rembrandt Brownish Madder #324 *(essential)
Rembrandt Burnt Umber #409
Rembrandt Ultramarine Blue Deep #506
Winsor Newton Cerulean Blue #137
Winsor Newton Alizarin Crimson permanent #004
Holbein Compose Green #H284
Old Holland Cad Green Light #D44
Holbein Green Gray #H372
Winsor Newton Prussian Green #540 *(essential)
Brushes
Donald uses round bristle brushes by Raphael, Series 358. Buy
as many as you can afford, in this proportion.
(3) No. 10
(2) No. 6
(1) No. 2
Medium and Solvent
We are NOT permitted to fly with Liquin or with solvents
(mineral spirits/paint thinner, turpentine, gamsol, etc.)
Donald will arrange for there to be sufficient Liquin and mineral
spirits available when we arrive in the France. There will be a
charge for these.
Make sure you bring empty, sealable containers with you for
your Liquin and thinner.
Other
Paper Towels (if you have extra room when packing, you may want to fill it up with paper towel. The local paper towel is often thin and small.)
B pencils, Kneaded eraser, sharpener
Sketchbook
Paint box, bag or backpack to carry supplies
Wet paint carrier (Available at Artmate).
Appropriate clothing for outdoor painting:
Be prepared for the possibility that it may be blustery, or occasionally wet. Bring some waterproof foot gear)
Optional
hat
water bottle
sunblock
camera
painting umbrella


Please note that the workshop fee is for tuition only. Transportation to and from France, car rental, accommodations, meals, travel insurance, and other incidentals are the responsibility of each student.

Reading List


For those of you who can't wait to get to France, and need to start reading...NOW!, here are a couple of suggestions.

Celestine by Gillian Tindall. 

Set in Chassignolles, it's a wonderful introduction to rural France. Here's a review of Celestine by W. S. Merwin, the US Poet Laureate, in the New York Times.



Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier,
is set not so terribly far from La Chatre. It is             
a coming-of-age novel, and one of the great
classics of French literature. Here's a review 
by Julian Barnes, a contemporary English 
writer, and winner of the Booker Prize.





Sunday, February 17, 2013

Savannah Odyssey

Pictures from the SavannahWorkshop

We had a great time on the Savannah Workshop, and I'm pleased to say that everyone made great strides in plein air painting.

On the first day we were at a boat ramp on the Moon River. Yes, it's the same Moon River as the Johnny Mercer/Henry Mancini tune.  
Because we were setting up in changeable weather, we chose this spot which had a convenient picnic shelter. In fact, we had no problem with raindrops, and everyone painted outside. Here's a bit of the flavor of that spot.













On day two, we painted at the Fort Pulaski National Monument on Cockspur Island in the Savannah River. we painted inside the fort, graced with these lovely arcades, but most people painted looking out the gun embrasures onto the countryside.



  













Tuesday night it rained cats and dogs, setting a new rainfall record for the day, 2.5" . Fortunately, we were long finished painting, and only had to negotiate a wild drive back to our various lodgings.

Wednesday was better. Here's a view on Skidaway Island where we painted on Wednesday. You can see some of the lingering rainfall from the previous night! I, personally, spent some time trying to find a slot where there were no palmettos in view. I know, I know...but I'm chicken.











And another view.


On Thursday, we went to a spot on Cockspur Island, overlooking the North Channel of the Savannah River. Here's my effort from that day (16x20).

 














On Friday, our intrepid band assembled in Forsyth Park, one of Savannah's jewels. Here are some photos from there.










  
Three of us contemplating what we shall paint.
















We seem dressed for the Yukon, and most of the Savannahians were wearing many fewer clothes. But it seemed cold to us, notwithstanding that our friends and families were digging out of the great blizzard. We stiffened our resolve, knowing that someone has to paint, en plein air, in February, and we accepted the responsibility.

We had been treated to a remarkable Valentine's dinner the night before, compliments of Deb and Bill who were ensconced in a great apartment. Here's a photo of the lovely table they had awaiting us.

















We finally chose our spots at Forsyth Park, and everyone set work.




















Below is Lacey, one of the two students we had from SCAD (The Savannah College of Art and Design). We offered scholarships to two SCAD students, and Lacey and Kassy were nominated by Denise Carson, Chairman of the Painting Department. Neither student had ever painted a plein air landscape before this, yet they acquitted themselves very well.

That's concentration!

And Bill doing the same.
















I, personally, had a great time. Kim visited a slew of historic houses, and generally got to know Savannah pretty well. We had some great food, especially the burgers that we were told about at The Green Truck Pub.

Here is the Whole Farm Burger from the Green Truck, featured on the cover of Georgia Magazine. It features the usual ingredients, plus a fried egg. Who knew?

 























Three of us had dinner at Paula Deen's The Lady and Sons, and we had tapas at Jazz'd.

Regrettably, I can't report that I returned thinner than I began. But I'm sure everyone else did.

As we wound down, there was talk of making a winter painting workshop in Savannah into an annual event.  

Hmmmm....... 

With the exception of Georgia Magazine, all the photos are courtesy of Deb Vitkosky. 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Winter Break in Savannah!



Escape Winter with a Plein Air Workshop in Savannah!
Sorrel-Weed House

Skidaway Island (photo Kirsten Sparenborg)



Isle of Hope (photo Mark Ryan)

Come join us for a week's plein air painting in February! Banish those winter blues with a five-day Donald Jurney Painting Workshop in Savannah and its countryside, 11-15 February 2013

If you're like us, you're already missing the warm weather, and getting excited about next year's plein air painting campaigns. So steal a march on Spring and paint with us!
The workshop is five days, 11-15 February. We will be painting in Savannah itself, and in the surrounding countryside.
Each day we'll begin at 9 a.m. with a demonstration, followed by hands-on instruction at your easel. We'll break for lunch, then continue through the afternoon, until about 4:30 p.m. Donald will share techniques and advice on making your paintings better.

We'll also find an opportunity to visit the Telfair Museum, and the Savannah College of Art.


Reservation and Payment

The cost of the workshop is $750.00 US and includes the workshop only. Participants are responsible for their own accommodations, transportation and meals. There are 10 spaces in this workshop and they are expected to fill. To reserve your space please email Donald at dbjurney@verizon.net
You may send a check for your deposit ($375.00), made payable to Donald Jurney, to:

Donald Jurney
9 Strong Street
Newburyport, MA 01950

This reservation fee of $375.00 is non-refundable. You must pay the remaining balance of $375.00 in full, no later than January 10, 2013.

Accommodations

Students must make their own lodging arrangements. This has proven to be the best idea, since tastes and budgets vary a good deal.

Here are some links to accommodations:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g60814-Savannah_Georgia-Hotels.html

http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/savannah-georgia.html

Art Supply List Savannah

(We will be painting outdoors, not far from our vehicles, but think "light" and "portable"). There are many online art suppliers. Click any of these links to go directly to these sites:

Easel
or
portable pochade box mounted on a photographers tripod for working outside.
Palette
Wooden palette
Painting surface
Bring 2 surfaces for each painting day. 18x24" or smaller is recommended.
*Wind River Arts carries Linen mounted canvas boards.


Paint

From Donald, regarding the palette: You will notice that there are 13 colors plus white, on the suggested palette list. Some of these colors may be new ones to you and some students may be surprised to see no cadmium yellows, cadmium red, or phthalo blue. I personally think that they are too strident for outdoor painting and they definitely require tremendous care to make sure they don't dominate your painting. Mother nature is a girl full of nuance, and I'm sure you'll find your job a great deal easier, and more fun, using this particular palette. The three colors, identified in the photo by asterisks, are required of everyone. Be assured, nonetheless, that we'll figure it out, no matter what odd assortment you bring from your own paint box. And, certainly, bring some of your favorites for show and tell.

Rembrandt mixed white #103 (Titanium-Zinc)
Rembrandt Yellow Ochre Light #228
Rembrandt Naples Yellow Deep #223 *(essential)
Windsor Newton Yellow Ochre 744
Rembrandt Vermillion #311
Rembrandt Brownish Madder #324 *(essential)
Rembrandt Burnt Umber #409
Rembrandt Ultramarine Blue Deep #506
Winsor Newton Cerulean Blue #137
Winsor Newton Alizarin Crimson permanent #004
Holbein Compose Green #H284
Old Holland Cad Green Light #D44
Holbein Green Gray #H372
Winsor Newton Prussian Green #540 *(essential)
Brushes
Donald uses round bristle brushes by Raphael, Series 358. Buy
as many as you can afford, in this proportion.
(3) No. 10
(2) No. 6
(1) No. 2

Medium and Solvent

We are NOT permitted to fly with Liquin or with solvents
(mineral spirits/paint thinner, turpentine, gamsol, etc.)
Donald will arrange for there to be sufficient Liquin and mineral
spirits available when we arrive in the Savannah. There will be a
charge for these.
Make sure you bring empty, sealable containers with you for
your Liquin and thinner.

Other 

B pencils, Kneaded eraser, sharpener
Sketchbook
Paint box, bag or backpack to carry supplies
Wet paint carrier (Available at Artmate).
Appropriate clothing for outdoor painting:
Be prepared for the possibility that it may be blustery, or occasionally wet. Bring some waterproof foot gear)
Optional
hat
water bottle
sunblock
camera
painting umbrella


Please note that the workshop fee is for tuition only. Transportation to and from Savannah, car rental, accommodations, meals, travel insurance, and other incidentals are the responsibility of each student.






Monday, July 23, 2012

Workshops and Classes

Workshops and Classes

Upcoming Workshops

SCOTLAND September 2012

This Workshop is well subscribed, and we're beginning to practice the bagpipes.

There are a few places left for the Scottish Workshop. Please contact us at dbjurney@verizon.net


Upcoming Classes
Everybody, me included, is starting to get a bit panicky about how fast the summer is going, and how short the remaining  plein air painting season is. Come work outside, and enjoy the opportunity while we have it.
There will be a new session of Friday Morning Plein Air classes beginning 17 August. There will be 10 sessions, extending to 2 November 2012. The dates are 17, 24 & 31 August, 7 & 14 September, 5, 12, 19 & 26 October, and 2 November.
The cost per session is $60. There are ten sessions, but you may enroll in as few as six sessions. Any session that fails to have six participants will be cancelled. Fees will be due monthly, on the first day of the month, for however many sessions you will be attending that month.
Please register at dbjurney@verizon.net
The Dead Paintings Society will start up again in the autumn. We can't really accomodate more than 12 students, so please sign up early! Write me about DPS at dbjurney.verizon.net
If you wish to be kept informed about plans for the Savannah Workshop,
planned for February, 2013, or the England and FranceWorkshops
in June 2013, please let me know at dbjurney@verizon.net