Pushing Colour and Light: Painting with Acrylic

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:

  • Canvases (8”x10” or 9”x12” and up to 12”x12”, canva or wood)
  • Watercolour and acrylic brushes (at least a 1-inch flat acrylic brush, 1⁄2” bristle brush, and a softer round #10 or #12 watercolour brush)
  • Paints: A basic palette of FIVE artist quality paint colours plus black and white (Suggested palette: Alizarin Crimson Hue, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Ultramarine Blue, Dioxazine Purple, Burnt Sienna, Titanium White, and Carbon Black. Additional colours that are useful are Cadmium Red Medium, Yellow Oxide, Teal, Cobalt or Cerulean Blue)
  • Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid (Satin)
  • Golden Molding Paste (If you are using wood panels or cradled wood supports you will need GAC100)
  • Other: water bucket, paper towels, palette or “stay wet palette”, 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.

About Sharon Fox Cranston:

Art is an undeniable necessity, an intrinsic element that defines Sharon’s life. From her first Crayola she 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 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 Festival, Belleville, ON; 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 12 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.