Techniques of the Masters

Saturday Series Workshops

Bill McLane

November 11 and 18, December 2 and 9

2:00 – 4pm


$155 Members

$170 Non-members

Bill McLane, Oysters, Portsmouth Arts Guild

In these sessions you will learn traditional painting methods.  Bill will be utilizing acrylics and oils, and the same theories and color usage that would apply equally to watercolor.

Our study will focus on setting up a still life, choosing objects, lighting, colors, and applying paint.  We will explore different palettes of the Masters.   Good examples are the Zorn palette, the Stobart palette and the French academic palette.  We will try both a limited palette and a full French academic palette.  These concepts will also be used to achieve atmospheric effects in landscape painting.  Whether you are a realist, impressionist or abstract painter, these method will help you develop good results with your painting.

Bill McLane, Portsmouth Arts Guild

William “Bill” McLane, born in 1951 in Swansea, Massachusetts, embarked on his artistic journey at the age of 16. As a primarily self-taught artist with over five decades of artistic exploration, Bill’s work has continuously evolved while remaining true to the expressive power of oil and acrylic paints. 

McLane’s paintings, centered around local landscapes, seascapes, and still life, have earned international recognition and can be found in galleries across the United States. Through his skilled use of color, composition, and personal interpretation, McLane breathes life into each painting, inviting viewers to experience the world through his unique perspective.

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Portsmouth, RI, 02871
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