The Art of Painting with Purpose: Painting with Acrylic


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Sharon Fox Cranston
Tuesdays, November 15 – December 13, 2022
1:30pm – 4:00pm

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, value, and colour stories will be explored, together with colour mixing within limited palettes and sophisticated neutrals to make your painting pop.

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.
  • Paint Choices: Get artist quality paint if you can afford it, I generally use Golden Heavy Bodied and/or Golden High Flow liquid acrylic paint. Suggested palette: Alizarin Crimson Hue, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Ultramarine Blue and/or Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Orange, 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, Teal, Yellow Ochre.If you would like to experiment with liquid acrylics, order a set of 10 Golden High Flow Acrylics online from art supply stores like for $62.50. I use High Flow acrylics regularly in my painting, they are easy to use and are compatible to tube paints.
  • 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. Softer brushes work well if you are going to use High Flow liquid acrylic paint.
  • Mediums: Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid (Satin) for hard body tube paint only – used for thinning paint and glazing. Golden Molding Paste if you want to texture your canvas. 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, and an easel if you have one (the School also has easels available).
  • Photos: Photos will be supplied to work from.


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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.