North Shore Artists' Guild

Details for "Charlie Easton's Workshop - March 21/22, 2020"


 "Creating a Compelling Painting

with Charlie Easton"

Charlie's-The Massive Mount Athabasca

The Massive Mount Athabasca


Saturday, March 21st,  9:30 ~ 3:30 (Please arrive early to set up)

and Sunday, March 22nd,  9:30 ~ 3:30 (We all must be out by 4pm)


 The Music Box (Upstairs)

 1564 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver BC.  V7V 1A1

Parking: there is parking beside the Music Box :There is space for about ten cars by the Music Box, if done carefully. Parking is free on Bellevue on Sunday, as well.  A space close to the building must be reserved for our guest artist, so when you arrive please make sure one spot is left open near the building.  
Also take note that we only rent this space at The Music Box and are fortunate to do so at a special rate, therefore keeping our course costs very low.  We do not guarantee that you will find dishes, cups, cutlery, can openers, etc. as we share this space with many other groups. 

 Plan your lunch so that you bring your own cups/cutlery (think environment friendly) and that you can have a picnic outside if the weather is fine, or inside by your table.

 Coffee, tea and some snacks will be provided. There are plenty of small places for lunch close by in the area.

Charlie's -East Cape Cloud Drama

East Cape Cloud Drama 

Bio for Charlie Easton

   A prolific painter of landscapes and seascapes in both oils and acrylics, Charlie is represented by galleries across North America and Europe where he regularly has solo exhibitions of his work. He is a Senior Signature Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (SFCA) and has studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and at Emily Carr University. His teaching is now in demand and this year he will be on the faculty at the Plein Air Convention in Denver, Colorado.

Charlie has a studio in Vancouver, but his first love is painting on location in BC, Alberta, California and beyond. He has had residencies in Haida Gwaii, with The Haida Nation and Parks Canada, in Banff and in Whistler. He is a proud brand ambassador for the Canadian outdoor brand MEC who help him get to the remotest places to paint, and keep him dry. 

“The closer I can get to my subject – both physically and mentally – the more honest and impactful my paintings are. I want the viewer to come hiking with me, to ski by my side, and to see the same stunning views that get me so excited to be alive. I try to focus all my energy on capturing the most important elements in a scene. Expending energy on anything that gets in the way of the story just isn't worth it. I paint in a style which mirrors my life motto. Maximum fun, minimum fuss.”

 The Goal of this Workshop:

 I want people to develop their own style, which naturally comes from your unique view of the world. Identifying what is important in a scene is a challenge, but once it is harnessed, you can create work that stands out from the crowd. I’ll focus on how to build a clear narrative in a painting, based on solid foundations of light, colour choices, composition and contrast. 

Participants of all styles and abilities will benefit from this course. There will be daily demos, so you can see my approach, and then there will be tailored instruction for the individuals as I work with you on your pieces.


  Materials list 

for Studio workshop 

  This list is designed to be a guide. You don’t have to rush out and buy everything I have on this list. This is my system that works for me, and it may also work for you. This is an acrylic focused list, you are welcome to bring oils, as many of the principles of painting are eminently transferrable, however the paint’s application and manipulation will be different to what I’ll be teaching. 

I like to have a range of surfaces with me at all times, they vary in size and format from 8” to 24”. They could be stretched canvas, canvas board, painted wood panels, gator board, whatever you feel comfortable with. If in doubt, bring a range.  
Ideally you’d have at least two surfaces to paint on per day. 
A portable easel  
I use a Soltek, or a U.Go pochade box. Table based easels (table easels *) would be fine too in the setting. 
I use a stay-wet system that only a few others seem to use. You are welcome to copy it, or to find your own version of it. Or ignore it and just take notes from my colour palette. Everyone is different, and one size doesn’t fit all. 
I use a fishing tackle box that I load up with paint in the studio before I head out. The paint stays wet in the box and on location, but you need to keep direct sunlight from it, and you need a laundry spray to mist the paint regularly to avoid a skin forming. 
A photo of one of my systems is below. The major benefit is that I am quicker to get going, so I maximize my painting time. I also have plenty of paint available to me at all times so I’m not tempted to scrimp and save when I’m squeezing out the liquid bank notes from my tube of cobalt blue! The paints I use are normally Golden Heavy Body Acrylics for all colours, although this sometimes varies to another brand of artist-quality, high-pigment paint. 
Charlie's stuff
 Here are the colors: 
• Titanium White
• Hansa yellow light
• Cadmium yellow medium
• Cadmium orange
• Cadmium red medium
• Quinacridone magenta
• Violet oxide
• Ultramarine blue
• Cyan blue
• Cobalt blue
• Dioxazine purple
• Phthalo green (yellow shade) 
I may also carry with me a couple of tubes of something fun to try – a different green, a mars black, a naples yellow – but the colours in the list above are my trusted friends. 
Other painting equipment 
• Paintbrushes of all sizes, a few at least 1”, and down to something really fine. Mix of filberts and flats. My favourite brush is the Isabey Isacryl brush line, but they’re expensive and hard to find, so often I’ll use Opus Denman brushes.
• A laundry spray
• A water pot – could be anything, but I use a collapsible dog water bowl as it saves space in my pack
• Paper towel and cotton rags
• A palette – a 12”x16” piece of plastic signboard 

Please bring your own  plastic table cover (inexpensive at the Dollar Store) to cover your table.

  Please refrain from wearing strongly scented products or perfume for workshops in the close quarters of the Music Box.

 Administrative Notes:

 Registration: To sign up for this workshop directly, please scroll down to the bottom of this page. Enrollment and waitlist status is also presented there. You can pay directly on-line by credit card.

You will need to make payment within 24 hours of your enrollment or it will be automatically cancelled so if you need assistance in paying, please contact Stephen Cowell, 
 [Payment by cheque is discouraged as this is unreliable when time is of the essence.]  This course may fill up quickly.  Do not hesitate to join the WAIT LIST. If it is full, do not be discouraged. Check back later- you may still be able to get in.

For every workshop we have run this year, we have had cancellations because of illness or change of plans.  Often even a wait list of eight names or more is moved up because "life changes things."  However, if you are on the wait list and change your own plans, please do not hold your space in the queue. Please take your name off the wait list and let someone else have a chance.   Be kind to your colleagues and remove your name if you have a change of plans. 


  If you are unable to attend a workshop, refunds are not issued, but you may find another person to take your place. 

 Only if the workshop is full and there is a willing replacement on the Waitlistyou can cancel through Stephen Cowell ( which case a refund will be issued.   

  No Refunds will be issued within 48 hours of the workshop start time. NSAG reserves the right to cancel the course within 3 weeks.

Course Cost & Status

  • CAN$190.00
  • CAN$190.00 with NSAG MEMBERS ONLY
Spots Available:
FULL (12 of 12 spots taken)
Waitlist Spots:
3 of 12 spots available
Registration Open Since:
2019-12-22 19:35:00
Registration Closes:
2020-03-20 23:59:00

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