shades of grey

Before we start our journey together, just couple of things.

December 20, 2018 we celebrated a year of my oil painting webinars on YouTube with a special, Anniversary webinar. LINK.

This demo-class is a remastered version of that Anniversary webinar.

What is this remastering all about? Is it any better than one on YouTube?

First, I added a drawing part at the amazing HD quality, so you can see drawing sketch process in details.

Second, I re-recorded voice-over that keep you better in focus on what’s happening on canvas.

and Third, I have split entire process of painting into logical stages. This should help you to understand thinking process behind the scenes. Ad yes, it runs at 1:1 speed, no fast play as we ran on YouTube.

With better video, and instructions, you will get more comfortable painting overcast weather. You will discover that Grey day is Great day for painting too, especially for oil painting! Sketch, composiotion, color mixing is never too much!

Above and below you can see a reference photograph, I have taken in March 2018 during Jeffersonville Winter Randezvous, which plein air paint-out of American and Russian artists.

Also you will find an image of initial plan our work, which inspired me to create these webinar, and demo.

Master Class on this subject is coming soon, since a lot of interest from you, my friends. It will be a more comprehensive process of working on the same subject. We will create another painting, bigger one, and master Class will include more steps, with big-time explanations. I will show you full process of work towards a successful painting like this one. This should be a big help for those who lack confidence or not just enough confident working on oil painting, especially en plein air.

Are you excited? Learing painting is a long process, and this is another step to your better artworks. Let's do it!



CANVAS: Oil primed canvas panel Centurion OP DLX, 8" x 10"

OIL PAINTS: Titanium White and

warm lights: Cadmium Lemon, Ochre Yellow Light (Blick), Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Light, and Raw Sienna

warm darks: Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Maroon (Holbein), Oxide Brown Transparent (Rembrandt)

cold darks: Viridian Green, Ultramarin Blue, Cobalt Blue, Ceruleum Blue.

If you do not have Cadmium Maroon, you can mix similar paint with Cadmium Red and Ultramarine. I just have found that I use this combo so often, so it worth buying it in tube.

MEDIUM: mix of Galkyd with Gamsol (both by Gamblin) ratio 1:1. If you do not have this particular ones, use any medium, which would help to speed up drying while not being pure solvent. I used also Galkyd gel to help my lower layers dry faster.

BRUSHES: Ivory Rigger #2, Ivory Dagger 1/2". Flats: one Bristle# 8-12, Eclipe Comber (soft flat brush with great edges) 1/2", Ivory Flat Short #2, Ivory Flat Short #6-8. All brushes by Rosemary. Use same or simiar to them.

PALETTE KNIFE: I use similar to Blick-RMG size 23. Any metal one with about 2 inches long blade of a drop or dimond shape.

I hope this video class will be helpful, encouraging and inspiring. Confidence will come with knowledge, and practice. First part on me! Then it's your turn!

Ask your questions, share advises or comments: [email protected]

Your Instructor


Trained in art school in Russia in the Russian realism tradition, Zufar Bikbov chose the landscape as the way to express his feelings and share them with his audience - particularly through plein air painting. He says, "I paint nature, since it is an inexhaustible source of inspiration." In 2004, he sought new inspiration and expanded his practice from Russia to the New World. Winner of multiple plein air awards at national competitions, Zufar continues to avidly explore the American landscape and teach art live in art studios mainly on East Coast.

His works are widely present in private collections in the United States, from New England to California, in the UK, Spain, and of course in Russia. www.zufar.com
Zufar has a number of followers of his art and considers teaching art a significant point of his artistic career.


Major influences

Isaak Levitan, Valentin Serov, Konstantin Korovin, Willard L Metcalf, Joaquin Sorolla, W M Chase, Gustav Klimt.


Oil Painters of America, Professional Union of Artists of Russia, Lyme Art Association, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Kent Art Association, Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now! It is active now, and eventually will retire, or transform to a better one. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
“I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with this course or have ideas for its improvement, contact me at [email protected]” Yours, Zufar

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