Painting the Sea in Oils

This is a 10 weeks course on marine painting. Over the period of the course Jay will instruct students on different techniques from how to hold a brush, kinds of brushes and their uses, mixing colour, the initial sketch to final painting.

Please note there will be no classes during March Break.


Students should bring:

  • A sketch book and pencil
  • At least 3 long handle brushes (1″ flat, 1/2″ flat, no. 3 round)
  • Gamsol (not turpentine)
  • Liquin original
  • Paint: French Ultramarine blue; Alizarin Crimson; Yellow Ocher;
Naples Yellow; Burnt Sienna; Burnt Umber
  • Two 8″ x 10″ canvases, plus one 16″ x 20″

About Jay Langford:

Jay Cameron Langford is a self-taught marine artist who resides in Lunenburg. He works primarily in water colour and oils. Notably, Jay is also an accomplished carver and dory builder.

Born in Ontario, in 1953, he moved to Lunenburg at age 6 where he was constantly in trouble at school for doodling to the point of having his books taken away from him. Favourite haunts as a child were the Lunenburg Shipyards, boat- building shops and the waterfront in general.

Years of being on the sea, both in fishing vessels and yachts, gave Jay inspiration and fostered his love for painting the sea in its many moods. He won a commission to do a painting awarded to the top sales person for Maritime Life in 1983. One of his paintings adorns the cover of Gerald Hallowell’s award winning book ”The August Gales”. Another commission of the Tall Ship GAZELA garnered an invitation to sail in her to Boston. In the year 2000 Jay had the first show in Alderney Landing Gallery, Dartmouth to coincide with the Tall Ships Festival.

His work was sold by Atlantic Art, in both it’s Halifax and St. John’s, Newfoundland, locations. His art has been shown at Zwicker’s Gallery, Halifax, from 1982 to present, including a very successful solo show. His paintings now hang in collections in many countries, including Canada, USA, England, Germany and Switzerland.