Harmony, Colour and Light: Expressive Acrylic Painting


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Sharon Fox Cranston
Tuesdays, October 10 – November 7, 2023
1:00pm – 4:00pm

Learn to paint expressive, impressionistic acrylic paintings that capture the colour, light and essence of a scene. Stretch your creativity, 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 to set the mood. Create movement, tell a story, with strong composition and design.

Canvas/board prep, and underpainting approaches shared. Colour mixing, harmony of colour, why limited palettes rock, and a touch of theory to kiss local colour bye bye, it’s time to turn up the chroma!

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: Canvas boards, stretched canvases, or birch panels. Not too big, a size you feel comfortable with to complete your painting within a day.
  • 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 for most of my laying in of colour. For initial sketching in I use a softer round #10 or #12 watercolour brush.
  • Pigment Choices: I mostly paint with Golden High Flow acrylics. You can purchase these as a 10 colour kit from an art supply store, or individually in 1oz and 8oz sizes. Or, you can use Heavy Body Acrylic Paint, you will need a thinning medium if you are using this type of paint, see below. Suggested palette if you are bringing individual tubes: Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Crimson, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Titanium White, and Carbon Black. Feel free to bring other paint colours as well, if you have them.
  • Mediums: Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid (Satin) – used for thinning paint and glazing. White Gesso.
  • Other Stuff: Floor or table easel (the School has floor easels you can use if you like), 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: Please bring in some reference photos that inspire you. Your images, no magazine shots. Print out your photos, don’t rely on looking at your photos on your phone or tablet.


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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.”


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