Landscape Painting

Österlen is known for its beautiful scenery and in this five-day workshop we will paint at some of the most stunning locations. While a pretty landscape is inspiring it is not what makes a great painting. During the workshop we will focus on how to compose the landscape around us into a pleasing and compelling image. Focus will be on how to simplify nature and how to create a strong shape design and mood for your paintings. Critiques will be given throughout the day.



The day starts at 9:00 and ends at 16:00 and you will need to bring some lunch with you since we will be out all day. 


We meet at SARA for a short introduction. After this we will head out to a nearby location and practice simple two-tone composition drawing. After lunch there will be a demo of how to start a painting and how to think about the composition.



After meeting up we drive to a location where we will all paint together at the same spot. Focus will be on how to compose the landscape into a pleasing picture.



This day we will drive to a different location where everyone gets to choose where they want to set up and paint.



We will drive to a new location where you once again get to choose your own spot. This will be the first day of a two-day painting. This first day the focus will be on making sure you end up with a well-composed picture. This is where we tie up everything we have learned so far.



We drive back to the same location and spend the second and last day finishing and refining what we started the previous day. When the day is over we will drive back into town to grab a coffee and maybe something to eat while we discuss our work from the week before we say goodbye. Don't forget to bring your work with you in the morning.






Here are the required paints for the workshop (not having these might make it harder for you).

  • Titanium white

  • Permanent yellow, cadmium yellow or other similar yellow

  • Yellow ochre

  • Permanent red, Cadmium red or other similar red

  • Alizarin crimson

  • Ultramarine blue or Cobalt blue

  • Raw umber, Burnt umber or Transparent oxide red

  • Ivory black


Recommended brands of paint to consider:

Michael Harding




Rublev (only available in the US)



Bristle brushes are the most versatile brushes, I recommend a few round ones and filberts of varying size. You also want some softer brushes, sables, mongoose or synthetic, preferably filberts or flats. Finally you want some really small round brushes for details. Sable is the best for these.

Recommended brands to consider:

Rosemary & Co (online shop with lots of good brushes)

Daler-Rowney – Bristle Whites

Da Vinci – Maestro 2



You will need four ready to paint on panels for the workshop--three around 27x17 cm and one larger around 35x23 cm. I make my own panels by gluing Claessens nr 13dp canvas to plywood boards.



Easel/Pochade box

You need some kind of portable easel or pochade box. Most art stores have something like this. There are many different solutions for this and you just have to go with whatever feels best for you. Here is a very useful blogpost on different brands and types of setups:

Personally I use the Open Box M 10x12 with a Sirui T-025X tripod.

Other supplies

Sketchbook and pencil

Palette (if not built into your pochade box or easel)

Medium of choice (half linseed oil half mineral spirits make for an easy good medium)

Good hat for the sun


Clothes for a rainy day


Cleaning your brushes

The school will provide brush-cleaning materials, but for your information, we have some suggestions:


Brush washer, Daler Rowney


In the brush washer bucket you can use ordinary white spirit (lacknafta) or turpentine.  If you are sensitive to solvent smells, you can try

After cleaning your brushes you need to either let them rest in linseed oil or wash them with soap. We recommend Ottosson Linoljesåpa.


Also have some plastic gloves. If you will use toxic paint is good to have protection when cleaning.


By Karl Wennergren
By Karl Wennergren
By Karl Wennergren
By Karl Wennergren