Port Clyde morning

This workshop is now full.  if you wish to be put on the waiting list please contact me.  I am also giving a workshop at the Rock Gardens Inn.  please see below.

Artists Björn and Tollef Runquist will team up again to host a five day painting workshop this summer,  August 21-25, 2017 in Clark Island, on the beautiful Saint George peninsula. 

          Both artists are widely recognized in Maine and beyond:  Björn Runquist’s work can be seen at Landing Gallery in Rockland, Me.   Tollef  Runquist’s work can be seen at Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, Me. and Ober Gallery in Kent, Ct.   While working in quite different manners the two artists (father and son) share a passion for painting and the immediacy of working on site as well as in the studio.  The workshop will be an introduction to the basics of plein-air painting, focusing on the dynamics of building a painting and the techniques of alla prima painting as well as employing the same techniques to paint from digital photos.  We will start with short studies focusing on quick establishment of composition and proceed with a variety of exercises to improve plein-air techniques and lots of individual attention.  Particular emphasis will be on capturing a sense of light and its use as a compositional element.  Locations for painting will include the village of Clark Island by the Craignair Inn, trips to Port Clyde, Tenants Harbor, Marshall Point, South Thomaston and surrounding areas.


#1 - Five Day Workshop, August 21-25, 2017:  Price  $500


To register please email me at brunquist48@gmail.com or call 207-596-7423.  When signing up please send a deposit at time of registration of $250.00 (make check payable to Björn Runquist) to:


Björn Runquist

104 Patricia Lane

Spruce Head, ME 04859

Email: brunquist48@gmail.com

The balance of $250 is due 8 weeks before the workshop.  



Accommodations: I can recommend the nearby, excellent  Craignair Inn in Clark Island.  They offer discounts for people attending my workshops.  Check them out on line at www.craignair.com  or call 207-594-7644.


CANCELATION policy:  Refunds up to 8 weeks before the class are available minus a $50 device fee.  Cancellation between 8 and 6 weeks before the workshop will receive a refund minus $100. Less than 6 weeks before the workshop we cannot offer a refund.

Please note that we accept no responsibility  or liability for any loss, damage or injury to you or to any of your materials, work or any possessions whether occurring on my premises or at workshop locations, or during travel to or from painting locations during the entire workshop.


ROCK GARDENS INN, Sebasco Art workshops:  I am also giving a 4 day workshop at the lovely rock Gardens Inn, July 5-9, 2017.  Please see their website at




Oil paint, either water soluble or regular:  35 ml tubes of each of the following except white where you should a large tube (150ml or 200ml)

Titanium white

Ultramarine blue

Cobalt blue

Pthalo blue

Cadmium yellow light

Cadmium yellow medium

Cadmium red medium

Alizarin permanent

Burnt sienna

Optional colors:


Yellow ochre

Raw sienna



For clean up:

I use doors turp or safflower for cleanup.  Murphy's oil soap is good for cleaning brushes.  Any oil, including even olive oil, can be used to clean yourself.  You will not be able to transport solvents on a plane.  Your painting can be packed and labled "artist's colors" (not "oil paint"  Gamblin has a good site for dealing with traveling with paint.

A couple of metal jars for solvent.  Even better, a jar with a coil in it (art store or on line).  Best is a metal container for solvents with a lid that attaches firmly.  Available on line at Utrecht, Jerrys or Blick.

Mediums:  Any of these are useful.

I use mostly the mild solvents as a medium and then simply Linseed oil

Galkyde  is useful as it speeds drying time

NB:  If you are using water soluble oils there are water soluble mediums to be used with them.


Painting surfaces: (any of the following are good):  We will be focusing on quick studies so a number of smaller sizes will be useful.  I suggest cheap panels (up to 10 6”x8”, 10 8”x10” or  9”x12” etc. up to  a few 16”x20”)  i also suggest a canvas pad (Dick Blick is good)   Cut sizes you want and tapes them to gatorboard.  Prepare about 20 before hand to save time.  Also some stretched canvas can be good as well as gessoed hardboard or Fredrix canvas pad where you can cut any size you want (as well as tape to attach these to board)

Disposable palette or, much better a palette box with a lid if your easel does not include a pant mixing area.

Kleenex or Paper towels and some rags


Bristle: flats, some filbert (#10, #8,#6, #3)  and maybe a  small round.

one or two synthetic sable can be useful, # 10, #8

Palette knife

“Viewcatcher” or two small pieces of cardboard with small windows cut in them of the proportions 4x5 and 3x4 for visually framing what you see.  I also used a homemade view finder with a plexiglass window marked with a grid dividing the space in thirds.  I have two, one for 3x4 proportions and one 4x5.  I suggest also one 2x3.  these will be very useful.  You may be able to find these on line as well.

Portable field easel (There are many different kinds available.  “Art Box”, “pochad”, or a “Julien” type are some common ones.  There are many others.  Don’t spend a fortune on an easel until you know what you like.  The Julien HALF EASEL is the most economical for what you get but a little too heavy for travel abroad.  I use an artbox which I highly recommend(artboxandpanel.com ).  They are also fairly easy to make.  Check on line for instructions and tips.


Sun hat

Sun tan oil

Art guard cream

Sketch pad, pens and soft pencils

Soft charcoal (thin pieces)

Latex or nitrile gloves