The Expressive Landscape: Acrylic Painting


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Sharon Fox Cranston
Monday to Friday, July 18 – July 22, 2022
10:00am – 4:00pm

Stretch your creativity, move out of your comfort zone. Push past what you see, to what you feel, and to what you would like to express through your painting. Capture color, light and the essence of a place through impressionistic acrylic painting. Learn how to make value and negative patterns work for you. Create paintings that have strength and depth, while simplifying your composition to make your work stronger. Sharon will show you how to tell your story through bold brush strokes, and “unexpected” colour.

Canvas/board prep, composition, and underpainting approaches shared. Colour mixing with a touch of theory to set the mood. Explore working with mediums, and transparent colours to make your work glow. In studio class, with a couple of days painting outside en plein air, weather permitting.

Students Should Bring: The following supply list is only my (Sharon’s) 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 panels or birch panels. If you are using birch panels you will need Golden’s GAC 100 medium to seal the boards prior to putting gesso on them. Please make sure to paint a layer 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”. I like to work with 9”x12” to 12”x12” during the workshop.
  • Brushes: It is useful to have both some soft watercolour type and stiffer acrylic type brushes. I generally use a 1-inch flat acrylic brush, and a ½” bristle 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. A basic palette of 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 High Flow liquid acrylics or Golden heavy body paint. Suggested palette: Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Titanium White, and Carbon Black, Cadmium Orange. Feel free to bring other paint colours too, if you have them.
  • Mediums: If you are using Heavy body paint – Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid – used for thinning paint and glazing. Golden Molding Paste for texturing the canvas. White Gesso.
  • Other Stuff: 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. (Easels are available at the school, but if you have a portable easel for plein air that would be great.)
  • Photos: Please bring a number of photos with you that you have taken yourself. I will be supplying a number of photos to choose from for your exercises as well if needed.


Registrations for this workshop are now closed.

Sharon Fox Cranston

Sharon Fox Cranston believes that art is an undeniable necessity, an intrinsic element that defines her life. From her first Crayola Sharon was hooked, which lead to studying Advertising and Graphic Design at Humber College.

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, oil and soft pastel. Sharon’s work has earned her numerous awards, including: the Award of Excellence from the Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Vancouver, BC; awards from the Plein Air Festivals in Parrsboro, NS, and Belleville, ON, as well as Juror’s Awards, Art in the County, Picton, ON.

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.

Throughout her art career, Sharon has had the opportunity to study under accomplished artists both here and abroad. Having taught for over 14 years, she 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 ten years, this award winning artist’s work can be viewed in Lunenburg at Cranston Gallery.


Registrations for this workshop are now closed.