John H Burrow

John H Burrow

Award Winning Plein~Air Artist 2018

Creating Lively Paintings From Photographs

Instructor: John H. Burrow  
(This is an indoor course using acrylics or oil paints/your choice)

2 day workshop,   9am - 1pm,  Price:  $160.

We will introduce a clear thought processes for you to apply while working from photo reference. Exploring key concepts for extracting visual value from your photos, so that you can build on them to create strong, believable  paintings.

Several exercises are designed to break you out of the “copying the photo idea”, providing you compelling solutions to add to your creative thought process. In addition you will achieve greater clarity on what photos have great potential and which are better left unpainted – and why. We will evaluate items in your photo that are important to keep in your painting, and what to leave out. This is a challenging workshop that will uplift the confidence you have as a painter.


Supply List

2 - 4 Cotton or linen canvases, or canvas panels. Size:  8 x 10”  or... 
9 x 12”  or...  12 x 16”.


Oil or Acrylic Paint (YOUR CHOICE):


Titanium white and any colours you have/like. I use: Cadmium Yellow Light or... Cadmium Yellow Medium, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Medium, Quinacradone Magenta, Alizarin Crimson, Transparent Red Oxide. Pthalo Green, Sap Green, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Dioxazine Purple, and yes… Black.


Portable easel/or Table Top easel…


Palette or... paper palette


Palette Knife. (Approximate 2 inches to three inches in length).


If you are working in oils: odourless mineral spirits ONLY, PLEASE DO NOT BRING TURPENTINE (I use Gamblin Gamsol)  if you like using it (Walnut Oil or something similar)

small open containers to pour these in for use while painting.


Brush Cleaning Container with screen for cleaning brushes.

paper towel (at least one full roll of good absorbent paper, shop towels are best)


Small plastic bags for garbage.

Brushes: I use mostly flats: 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch, and 1inch.  and one small round.  (if you can get some Mongoose or Badger flats, these are really nice, as well as either hoghair ( I like Robert Simmons) or Silver synthetics



 Sketchbook and pencils or... Sharpie style black markers.


A selection of 15 to 10 photos to work from. ( I will bring back-up photos if required) Choose photos that have strong patterns of light and shadow in order to get the most out of the exercises. Bring any subject matter that interests you… They do not have to be landscape photos.


Call to find out where and when this class takes place 1-928-451-2742