Pushing Colour & Light: Painting with Acrylic


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Sharon Fox Cranston
Tuesdays, October 6 – November 3, 2020
6:30pm – 9:00pm

**We are pleased to announce that this course is now full, as is it’s waitlist. Thank you everyone for your interest. 

Learn to paint expressive, impressionistic acrylic paintings that capture the colour, light, and essence of a scene.

Stretch your creativity and get out of your comfort zone to push past what you see to what you’d like to express. Make value and negative pattern work for you to produce paintings that have strength and depth. Show the Artist’s hand with bold brush strokes and “unexpected” colour.

Canvas prep, composition, and underpainting approaches shared. Colour mixing with a touch of theory to kiss local colour bye-bye, it’s time to turn up the chroma! Explore varnish techniques to make your work glow.


Students should bring:

Supports: We will be working with smaller canvases throughout this workshop so we can experiment with different application styles and subject matter. 8”x10” or 9”x12” and up to 12”x12” canvases as per your choice, canvas or wood.

Brushes: It is useful to have both some soft watercolour type and stiff acrylic type brushes. I generally use a 1-inch flat acrylic brush, and a 1⁄2” bristle brush for most of my laying in of colour. For initial sketching in, I use a softer round #10 or #12 watercolour brush.

Pigment Choices: You do not need 20 or 30 tubes of paint. A basic palette of FIVE colours 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 Hard bodied and/or Liquid acrylic paint. Suggested palette: Alizarin Crimson Hue, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Ultramarine Blue, Dioxazine Purple, Burnt Sienna, Titanium White, and Carbon Black. Feel free to bring other paint colours too, if you have them. Additional colours that are useful are Cadmium Red Medium, Yellow Oxide, Teal, Cobalt or Cerulean Blue

Mediums: Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid (Satin) – used for thinning paint and glazing. Golden Molding Paste for texturing the canvas and adding volume. If you are using wood panels or cradled wood supports you will need GAC100.

Other Stuff: water bucket, paper towels, palette or “stay wet palette” and a painting knife, blow dryer, small water spritzer bottle. Drawing pencil, black marker or pen, sketchbook/notebook, tape.

Photos: Some photos will be supplied, but bring a number of your own photos as well to work from.


This workshop is full.

Sharon Fox Cranston

Sharon Fox Cranston is a visual artist based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. She is multi-disciplined and works in oil, acrylic and pastel. Sharon is a Signature member of the Society of Canadian Artists, the Pastel Society of America, and a designated Master Pastelist of Pastel Artists Canada. She has been creating fine art professionally for over 20 years.

Her impressionistic style actively challenges the viewer to interpret the work for themselves. Sharon’s focus is on the texture, colour and rhythms of the rural landscape.

“Creating art brings me joy, it gives my visual perception of the world a voice. I enjoy challenging myself to grow, to experiment, to explore new ways of looking at the world. Each one of my paintings is a visual record of where I’ve been, what I’ve seen, and how I’ve tried to express that moment to others.”


This workshop is full.