Oil Painting Demo at Albany Hill

Join me on Earth Day, April 22, 2017, at 2 PM for an hour-long demonstration of oil painting methods and materials. This will be quite informal and fun, out on Beautiful Albany Hill near to where I grew up.

I will also have a few books for sale: see the announcement on thew Heyday website.

In cooperation with Friends of Albany Hill, in the East Bay, California.

San Francisco Bay November Sunset, in the past before the city. Oil on Aquarelle Arches cotton rag paper. 1998. Private collection.


Are you curious about oil painting landscapes and nature? Come up to the top of Albany Hill on Earth Day for an hourlong demonstration of oil painting methods for painting beautiful local landscapes, by Laura Cunningham, artist and author of A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California.
Beginners welcome, this is a demo to show you the basic materials and starting methods for painting a landscape in oil colors outdoors, using traditional methods. For Earth Day we will also discuss environmentally-friendly and non-toxic materials for painting. You will see some of the techniques I used to paint many of the illustrations in my books, and see samples of a new manuscript I am working on about oil painting. The wildflowers should be out and you can see 360-degree views of the Bay Area from this unique natural vantage point nestled in an urban setting. Future workshops about oil painting in the Bay Area will be announced.
Free event!
Directions: From San Pablo Ave in Albany go west on either Marin/Buchanan, Solano, or Washington St. After 4 blocks go right (north) on Cerrito St and follow to T-intersection with Hillside Ave. Go left (southwest) on Hillside, then immediately right on Taft Ave. Follow Taft to the end at the top of Albany Hill. From I-80, take Buchanan St. exit to Albany, go east on Buchanan, left (north) on Jackson (before Gill Tract Farm), 2 blocks to Washington, go left (west) on Washington 1 block, right (north) on Cerrito St and follow to T-intersection with Hillside Ave. Go left (southwest) on Hillside, then immediately right on Taft Ave. Follow Taft to the end at the top of Albany Hill.


  1. I love oil painting and would have loved to be there to learn more, but I'm too far from there please post some tips here too, thanks again.

    1. I will, thanks! I plan on teaching some art workshops in different areas, so stay tuned. But I will also post oil painting tips here too.


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