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.