Capturing Light in the Interior | An Alla Prima Approach w/ Amy Brnger, Feb 17 & 18


In this two day workshop, Amy teaches painters how to emphasize the light in an interior, regardless of the room you choose to paint.  Whether subdued or spectacularly lit, light directs the viewer to a particular space in a room or an object, and has the ability to create an emotional response, as the interior generally stimulates memories of season, time of day, or feelings about a particular space in a home.  Second, Amy will also approach the interior using an alla prima painting style; a single session painting.  Alla prima painting encourages a spontaneous approach to paint, the brush, and the paint surface.
Participants in last year's interior workshop can expect to take their work to a more advanced level, but new participants are very welcome to attend as well.
Please bring printed images of images from your favorite spaces.  Take photos in which strong light and shadow are present.  Amy will send participants examples of spaces prior to the workshop.

Saturday & Sunday, Feb 17 & 18, 10am-4pm,  $365

Cancellation Policy: We ask that you to give us four weeks notice if you need to cancel for a full refund minus a $35 cancellation fee. Cancellations should be made by phone by calling (603) 387-3463. This provides us the opportunity to fill the space. We are sorry, but we cannot give refunds or issue credits for missed classes or no shows.  


Have a selection of brushes, but make sure that you have some that are 1⁄2”-1 1⁄2” wide. I prefer brights. I have been using Trekell synthetic hog bristle brushes, Opal 4000 Flat size 12, Golden Taklon 2510 size 10 and 16 flat, and sometimes a Golden Taklon size 4. I also like Winsor New Monarch brand flats.


Oil Paint Color List

Please buy artist grade paint, not student grade. Student grade is frustrating because it has a LOT less pigment in it. You will go through it quickly, and it won’t satisfy your color needs.

I mostly use Gamblin Artist Grade oil paints. Windsor Newton is also great and very consistent. Holbein, Williamsburg, Rembrandt, and Michael Harding are all good brands. My preference for Gamblin is only because I have used them for years and I enjoy the predictability of the product.

Here are colors I will generally be using when I demo:

Gamblin BRAND:

-Chromatic Black
-Titanium White
-Quinacridone Magenta/Rose/or Red
-Cad Red Light
-Ultramarine Blue
-Phthalo Turquoise or Blue
-Cad Yellow Light
-Indian Yellow
Optional: Raw Umber or Gold Ochre.  Kings Blue can be nice as well.


Have a selection of pre-gessoed canvas, gessoed paper, or panels for both days. You will generally make one or two paintings per day. Interiors lend themselves to a rectangular format, but you can bring the surface size that you like.  These are all good sizes: 10 x 10, 12 x 12, 11 x 14, 12 x 16, 16 x 20. I will be making both square and rectangular paintings.  Having a few tinies (8 x 8, 6 x 8) are also a nice way to use up your paint at the end of the day.

My personal favorite panel brands are Ampersand Museum grade panel. Smooth surfaces with a touch of tooth are nice for quickly moving paint around. You can also gesso your own if you have access to raw panels.  Canvas is fine as well.


● Odor free solvent. Gamblin makes a nice one; Gamsol.. Gamsol Refined Linseed oil or Gamblin no-solvent gel. I mix 1⁄2 oil and 1⁄2 solvent for a general purpose medium.


● Whatever you prefer–I like a large palette, at least 16 x 20 when I am working at home. When I travel I paint on a wood palette or a gray paper palette.


●  Paper towels or shop towels. My favorite brand is Viva.

●  2 glass containers with a lid (or you may have your own containers for solvent and medium

already). For your solvent. Old salsa, peanut butter, and relish jars are great. 4-12 ounce jars.

●  Metal Palette knife for mixing paint. You want one with a metal end that is around 3” long –not a tiny or oddly shaped knife. I buy the Che Son brand whenever I can find them. Very simple with a good but not too stiff snap.

●  Disposable gloves. I buy medical grade gloves by the box, making sure they fit snugly.

●  Pencil, vine charcoal or soft conte crayon, ruler/straight edge

●   Paper, any quality or size, for major shapes drawings.

●  Studio or Plein Air Easel (Jackson Art will supply each participant with a small side table)

*Bring a lunch or one can be ordered out at the J Town Deli or Autumn Nomad just 5 minutes away.

Amy Brnger, from Eliot, Maine, has painted still life, flowers, interiors and landscape for as long as she has been an artist. She enjoys painting flowers from her garden, interior views of her home, and forgotten, overlooked landscape views. Her paintings are expressive, energetic, and attempt to capture the changing nature of living things.

Amy has been teaching painting since 2012, but has been a painter for over 35 years. She is represented by galleries in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Virginia. She opened a paperworks business in 2012 and sells calendars, cards, and prints to retailers throughout the country. She teaches painting workshops nationally and internationally. Since the Coronavirus, she took the plunge and learned how to teach online and loves it.

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