Neal Hughes: Impressions of Nature Workshop


Painting is a way of interpreting the beauty of nature that surrounds us. 

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August 15, 16, and 17

9:00 am – 4:00  pm

Painting is a way of interpreting the beauty of nature that surrounds us.  How to capture the essence of that beauty in a plein air painting is what this workshop is about.  Neal will discuss all facets of his technique and philosophy with demonstrations to show exactly how he works while he explains what he is thinking as the paint is applied.  The balance between a high level of realism and the poetry of artistic expression will be emphasized and topics such as composition, color, edges and surface quality will also be addressed.  Students will also have the opportunity to paint while receiving individual suggestions and instruction. 


“New Jersey artist Neal Hughes uses his considerable artistic skills as an act of celebration and testament, and he is rewarded with inspiration that helps him make creative decisions that elevate his oil landscapes.” 
M. Stephen Doherty, Editor, American Artist Magazine.


Below is a basic supply list that you will need.  Neal tries different colors and other supplies often so this is what is in his box at the moment.  Please feel free to call Neal on my cell (856-630-3033) with any questions. 

Painting surface:
I use oil primed linen (Claessens 13) mounted on gator board.  Other types of canvas board or stretched canvas will work. 

I mostly use bristle long flats – filberts or brights are ok too.  These are the regular oil brushes with white bristles. I would recommend Rosemary and Company Chungking bristle #2025 but other brands will work too.  Various sizes
The other type of brush I use is the Rosemary and Co. Masters Choice long flat #279 that is softer than a bristle brush.  Various sizes
Currently I am also using rigger brushes – # 00 or #1 Masters choice from Rosemary and Co.  and an Ivory Rigger size 0 and/or 2 from Rosemary and Co. 

Basic oil colors that I am currently using include
titanium zinc white
cadmium yellow light or a lemon yellow
cadmium yellow deep
cad. red (or permanent red)
alizarin crimson
ultramarine blue
thalo blue

Other colors that I use on occasion include terra rosa (Windsor Newton), indian yellow, transparent red oxide (or Gamblin Transparent Earth Red) and cadmium orange.

Paint brands I use include Gamblin, Rembrandt, Winsor Newton and others.  Any quality oil paint will work. 

Other things you will need:
paint thinner (I use odorless mineral spirits available in hardware store)
paper towels
can or cup for thinner
easel – portable easel. I am using a Gloucester style (Take It easel)
medium – Gamblin Neo Megilp, Alkyd Gel or another medium. The purpose of the medium is to thin the colors if needed and to assist with the flow.  Any medium you feel comfortable with is fine.   


Instructor Bio

Neal Hughes is a graduate of The Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts) and resides in the historic town of Moorestown , New Jersey .

A former illustrator, Neal has been painting professionally for over 30 years. His work has been accepted into many local and national juried exhibitions such as the American Impressionist Society National Exhibition and Oil Painters of America National and Regional Exhibitions. His work has also been juried into the International Marine Art Exhibition at the Gallery at Mystic Seaport, the ARC Salon and the National Exhibition of The American Society of Marine Artists.