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Artistically Constructed: The Bones of Acrylic Painting

with Sharon Fox Cranston

All Welcome
October 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18
1pm - 4pm

About the Workshop

In this workshop we'll explore what makes a painting stand out from the crowd. Canvas/board prep, composition, value studies, and colour stories. Colour mixing with limited pallets, and the use of sophisticated neutrals within your work will be explored. Take your work to the next level, create paintings with "good bones".

Paint Brushes

Material List

The following supply list is only my recommendation and not by any means is it mandatory. Any good art store in your area should have available just about everything on this list.

Supports: Stretched canvas pancls, birch panels, or 1401b watercolour paper. If you are using birch panels you will need Golden's GAC 100 medium to seal the boards prior to painting on them, you will also need to put a couple of coats of gesso on the prepped boards. Please make sure to paint a coating of white gesso on the canvas you will be using for the first class prior to coming. For this workshop, bring smaller canvases, nothing larger than 16"x20".

Brushes: It is useful to have both some soft watercolour type and stiffer acrylic type brushes. I generally use a 1-inch short flat acrylic brush for most of my laying in of colour. For painting with liquid acrylics, I use a softer round #10 or #12 watercolour brush.

Pigment Choices: You do not need 20 or 30 tubes of paint colour. A basic palette of 3 primary colours, (red, yellow, blue) plus black and white will give you a huge range of colour and value. Get artist quality paint if you can afford it, I generally use Golden Liquid High Flow acrylic or Golden Heavy bodied paint. Suggested palette: Cadmium Red, Medium, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cobalt Blue, Ultermarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Yellow, Ochre, Teal, Titanium White, and Carbon Black, also Dioxazine Purple, Cadmium Orange are good to have. Feel free to bring other paint colours too, if you have them.

Mediums: If you are using Hard bodied paint - Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid - used for thinning paint and glazing. Golden Molding Paste for texturing the canvas. White Gesso.

Other Stuff: Floor or table easel, plastic for under your easel and your tabletop, water bucket, paper towels, palette or "stay wet palette" and a painting knife, blow dryer. Drawing pencil, black marker or pen, sketchbook/notebook, tape.

Photos: Reference material, please bring in some photos that you have taken to paint from.


Your Instructor

Sharon Fox Cranston, SCA, PSA, MPAC

Sharon Fox Cranston is a signature member of the Society of Canadian Artists, the Pastel Society of America, and a Master Pastelist in the Pastel Society of Canada. For over forty years she has been a multi disciplinary, artist who has gained extensive experience painting with acrylic and soft pastel. Her early work was illustrative in nature, which enabled her to develop a solid understanding of drawing and composition.

Currently, Sharon’s focus is on a loose impressionistic style. A Colourist at heart, she pushes colour and light to evoke an emotional response and to actively challenge the viewer to interpret the work for him or herself. Sharon enjoys sharing the knowledge she has acquired over the years with her students to help them grow within their creative path. A full time artist and gallery owner for over eleven years, this award winning artist’s work can be viewed in Lunenburg at Cranston Gallery.