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
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.


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:

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:

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


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)
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.


B pencils, Kneaded eraser, sharpener
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)
water bottle
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

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
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
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

Monday, June 25, 2012

Workshops, Classes, Museums, Critiques

Upcoming Workshops and Classes

Ilya Repin, At The Academy Dacha, 1898

When I first began, there were few opportunities to study landscape painting. As a consequence, I feel strongly about sharing what I've learned so far. Here are some class possibilities that may work out for you. If you have yet another suggestion, perhaps a three-day fresco painting workshop on the moon(?), send it along. You never know. 


This class has filled. If you would like to be notified in the event of
another plein air class, please contact me at

This class has filled. To be notified of a future Saturday class, please contact me at


There are a few places left for the Scottish Workshop. Please contact me at
This Workshop is well subscribed, and we're beginning to practice the bagpipes.
Join us! More about it here:

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA, February, 2013
ENGLAND June, 2013 and FRANCE June 2013

There has been a great deal of interest in these possible workshops. To be notified as plans are made, please contact me at
I'm beginning to think about next year's workshops, with tentative plans to do one in February in Savannah, Georgia

 and two in June 2013----one in the splendid English countryside:

 and one in la France profonde:

Savannah will be a treat in the middle of a New England winter, both genteel and warm!

I've lived in both England and France, so I think we can assure you of a remarkable time. They are both destinations which welcome spouses, too. (Thus far, we have three spouses coming to Scotland).
It is intended that the two European workshops will each be one week long, with a free week in between for travel, relaxation,
etc. Of course it will be great to have some students for both sessions, enjoying painting the landscapes of these two quite different countries, but it will certainly not be required that anyone attend both sessions.
Please let me know of your initial interest so that we can get on with planning.
10 June-16 June, and 24 June-30 June.
The third possibility, at this stage, would be in either September or October, 2013, depending on location.
Do let me know your ideas. Charleston? Vermont? Chesapeake? The Berkshires? Austria? Holland? etc., etc.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Workshop in Scotland!

Scottish Workshop: Inchmahome Priory Painting Day

One of the delights of the upcoming Scottish Highlands Workshop will be a visit to Inchmahome Priory,  on an island in the Lake of Menteith.

We'll catch the small ferry--12 passengers--from the Port of Menteith, crossing to the island for a morning of painting. We'll have a picnic at lunchtime, and we'll either spend the afternoon on the island, too, or head back to the Port, to paint the lake and the church. It figures to be a great day.

Photo Sylvia Duckworth

Photo Richard Zahra

The five year-old Mary, Queen of Scots, was spirited away to Inchmahome by her mother, Mary of Guise, to protect her during a difficult time in English-Scots history, a period called The Rough Wooing.

More information about Inchmahome from the Historic Scotland website.

Come join us on a painting adventure of a lifetime. For more details, see September in the Highlands, below.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Workshop in Scotland!

September in the         Highlands


A  Seven-day Plein Air Painting Workshop 
with Donald Jurney
based in Perthshire, Scotland
September 22 to September 29, 2012

Come along and join American landscape painter Donald Jurney on a seven-day, "September in the Highlands" plein air painting workshop. We'll paint amid the breathtaking scenery of Loch Lomond and Loch Katrine, surrounded by glens and great mountains.
Located right on the edge of the Trossachs, and proud of its claim to Rob Roy, Callander is the gateway to this glorious area. Although small, it has a long history of hospitality, and has played host to Sir Walter Scott, and to Dorothy and William Wordsworth. The Glasgow Boys painted in the area, and John Ruskin spent a memorable time in Brig o' Turk.

There are a wealth of B&Bs, and several inns, in Callander. A number of restaurants and pubs can keep us well-fed, and ready to explore and record the manifold colors of the Highlands.

The workshop is seven days. It is recommended that, if possible, you arrive in Scotland a day or two earlier, in order to take the edge off your jet-lag. We will meet in Callander on Saturday morning (9/22), and get to know each other a bit. Donald will spend some time talking with you about painting, and hearing about things you'd particularly like him to address during the workshop. We'll break for lunch, then assemble at our first painting spot. Here, Donald will do a short demonstration, followed by painting time. At the end of our afternoon of painting, Donald will give a short critique. Pretty exhausted, we'll all be ready for supper and bed!

On each of the next six days, we'll begin with a morning demonstration, followed by painting until lunchtime. In the afternoon there will be another demonstration, followed again by more painting time. The session will finish with an end-of-day critique, where everyone's work will have a chance to be center stage. Donald will suggest useful things to think about, and give helpful pointers toward making better paintings.

During every painting session, Donald will visit each artist's easel, answering questions, and giving help and advice.It's important to Donald that you understand all the things he'll be talking about, and that
you return home refreshed and re-invigorated, armed with a myriad of new skills, ready to make great leaps in your work. You will be encouraged to ask for help, and to remember that there are no stupid questions. Although the participants will be of varying experience, from novices to advanced students, Donald seeks to create a mood of collegiality, and he expects everyone to be on board.

Should we have the opportunity, Glasgow and Edinburgh are both not far away, filled
with great museums. If you should wish to take some time to do other things, like shopping or sightseeing, you should feel free to do so, taking a morning, or an afternoon, or even a whole day off----guilt-free.  

This workshop will fill quickly, so you must reserve your spot as soon as possible. Particularly with a view to the Jazz Festival, mentioned in the accommodations section, below.

Please write to Todd Bonita, at, or at 1-603-819-9100, to claim your place in the workshop. Todd will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Transportation to and from Callander, and while you are in residence, will be the responsibility of each student, as will accomodations, and all meals. Please be aware that the cost of $750.00 represents only the cost of your tuition for the workshop. All other expenses are your responsibility.

You may also be pleased to know that there is no requirement that you be able to play the bagpipe, or that you wear a kilt while painting on the braes.

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  • Art Supply List
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Perthshire area info