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If you ever visited coastal Southern California, no way you have not thought how great would be to spend there more time. Lucky if you live there, but every visitor would just say that time flew way to fast.

We bring home memories. It is hard to forget emerald green surf, sand of beaches and picturesque cliffs of Pacifica. I truly believe, that painters can strech or even stop the moment much better than photgraphers do.

In this mini-course, you will learn and practice approach to paint land/seascape of a view near Laguna Beach. It will pass few stages in separate videos: from idea and impressions to use of a photograph as a reference, then to proportional sketch, block-in and painting. Plenty of remarks are given about painting specific texture and shpe of rocks, surf foam and sky.

You may get surprizes, but almost every seasoned artist can find flaws in every painting he or she completed. This work is not an exception. Learn to find these mistakes with me, so you can make corrections in timely manner.

This free mini-course is a remastered version of a WEBINAR #13 broadcasted on YouTube September 13th, 2018.



From beginners, who tried oil paints before and have drawing skills, to intermediate level.

However, anyone will find this class helpful, since opens special approach, which can be picked up into one's skills library.



CANVAS: Oil primed canvas panel Centurion OP DLX, 9" x 12"

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), Olive Green

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.

BRUSHES: Eclipe Comber 1/2", Eclipe Comber 3/8", Ivory Flat Short #4, Ivory Rigger #2, Ivory Dagger 1/2". All brushes by Rosemary.

PALETTE KNIFE: I use similar to Blick-RMG size 23.


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?
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