MASTERS: Bringing Animals to Life with Bill Suys MA04

Dates: 09/24/2019 – 09/27/2019
Times: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
Ages: 18+
Instructor: Bill Suys
Member Rate: $525
Non-Member Rate: $525
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MASTERS: Bringing Animals to Life with Bill Suys MA04

Bringing an animal to life is both joyful and powerful. Through demonstrations, examples, and individual attention, this 4-day workshop will enhance each student’s ability to develop and execute paintings that will bring animals to ‘life’ while also building form, structure and surface. Regardless of current level of expertise, participants will leave with a better awareness and understanding of painting in general, along with a deeper appreciation of ways to breathe spirit and personality into the characters that populate their paintings. Bill will address keys to both artistic and technical growth that will apply to all facets of one’s work, improving the result while bringing greater joy and depth to the process.

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William A. Suys, Jr.

Workshop Supply List- ‘Bringing Animals to Life’

Each of you will come with your own set of preferences and experience, so I am not a stickler about the equipment you use, but the list below will offer you recommendations that will facilitate quality work and improvement. If you have questions about equipment, feel free to contact me.

You may use brushes with which you are comfortable, but an excellent array for a range of applications is included in my ‘Bill Suys Professional Set’ or ‘Bill Suys Introductory Set’ from Rosemary Brushes. The type/sizes are listed below. For this class, a variety similar to the ‘Introductory Set’ is more than adequate*.

‘Professional’ set Sizes
Ultimate Bristle Long Flat 1, 3, 6, 8, 12
Series 279. Masters Choice Long Flats 1, 3, 6, 8, 12
Ivory Filberts 1, 3, 6, 8, 12
Series 278. Masters Choice Long Filberts 2, 5, 9
Ivory Longer Filberts 2, 6, 10
Ivory Pointed Rounds 1, 5
Eclipse Angular 3/8"
Eclipse Riggers 0, 4
Ebony Pointed Rounds 1, 2, 4, 6
Series 788. Goat Hake 75mm

‘Introductory’ set Sizes
Ultimate Bristle Long Flat 1, 4, 8
Series 279. Masters Choice Long Flats 4, 12
Ivory Filberts 1, 3, 6, 12
Series 278. Masters Choice Long Filberts 2, 5
Ivory Longer Filberts 6
Shiraz Riggers 4
Ebony Pointed Rounds 2

*SPECIAL NOTE: For this class, it will also be useful for you to bring some ‘ratty’ brushes, i.e.; brushes that have ‘splayed’ or produce a generally broken stroke (brushes you may have considered for the scrap heap). We will use these to drag or push paint for various types of fur/hair.

Because this class will focus on building form and life, I want each student to be comfortable with the amount of attention they devote to color. If you prefer, I do not mind if you work in a severely limited palette (maybe burnt umber, ultramarine and white). If you’re comfortable with color, dig-in (but I’ll still focus on drawing and values).

I generally use a warm and cool for each of the primaries, along with some earth pigments, white and black. Because I believe it is important to really ‘look’ at the colors you’re using and mixing, I am not locked-in to a specific palette, but I will list some suggestions, along with other useful colors. It is helpful, however, to get used to mixing a group of colors you are familiar with so you can understand their mixing properties.

I have used a variety of brands, and there are a number of quality pigments, but as of late I use primarily Michael Harding. Also, Jack Richeson Shiva, or Gamblin paints work well.
General palette
Titanium White
Unbleached Titanium Dioxide (very useful)
Cad. Lemon
Cad. Yellow Med.
Cad. Orange
Cad. Red
Alizarin Crimson
Burnt Sienna
Raw Sienna
Burnt Umber
Raw Umber
Ultramarine Blue
Ivory Black

Other useful colors are:
Transparent Oxide Red
Yellow Lake Deep
Hansa Yellow
Some type of Lead White, e.g.: Cremnitz, Stack
Warm Light Yellow
Ultramarine Violet

Mediums, solvents
Quick drying gel, such as Liquin (smelly), Neo Megilp (Gamblin, also smelly), Oleoresgel (rublev), Solvent Free Gel (Gamblin)

Painting Knives, various sizes and shapes

Boards or Canvas
Smoother preferred, as it allows you to create the texture you want. Give yourself a couple of size/surface choices. Have a minimum of 3 surfaces
Centurion DLX linen panels 8x10 up to 12x16, no larger than 16x20
Richeson Gessoed Hardboard or Ampersand Gessoboard

Palette-your choice

Paper towels or rags. I prefer the traditional Viva towels for their texture and absorbency

Easels will be furnished by the school.

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