Georgina Johnstone – ‘Listening to Your Painting with Your Eyes’ – Acrylic

Acrylic – Beginners in Acrylics welcome 

Open to Members and Non-Members

Being open to following the path your painting is

leading you along
Saturday, May 14th and Sunday, May 15th, 2016
Arrive at 9:30 to set up – 4:30 pm
South Surrey Recreation and Arts Center, Visual Arts Room
14601 20th Avenue, Surrey, B.C. V4A 9P5
We are often caught up in religiously copying our reference photo, but striving to make an exact copy of this static image is pointless. How can you improve on the photo itself?  What we can do with our photo is isolate and think about what our reaction is to the image we want to paint. How does it make us feel?  If you took the photograph what caught your eye and made you want to record the scene. If you chose a photo from another source what drew you to it?  This is what will engage you. We can use a photo reference to begin the painting but in order to make the subject our own we need to be willing to be adventurous, let go of the safety of the reference material and use and trust our intuition. And this is when you can begin tuning in and ‘listening’ for visual signals from the thing you are creating—your living, growing painting.

Believe it or not your painting is communicating with you with every brushstroke you put on the canvas. It is an outward expression of your ideas and thoughts about the particular subject you are painting. From the beginning it takes on a life of its own but it wants to work with you so it begins to whisper to you. If you are ‘listening’ and watching for signals it will give you hints as to where to go next. Developing this ‘listening eye’ will help you create a piece of artwork that will be a truer reflection of your creativity and a more meaningful and interesting painting, not just a copy of a photograph.
PLUS: If you need help with a painting you are working on at home bring it along and with your permission maybe I can give you my two cents’ worth.
  • Acrylic Paints—The colours you like to work with or try my palette of warm and cool versions of the 3 primaries and a few supporting colours.  Cadmium Yellow Med. (W); Cadmium Yellow Light (C); Cadmium Red Medium (W); Alizarin Crimson (C); Ultramarine Blue (W); Cerulean (or Cobalt) Blue (C) Titanium White; Payne’s Grey; Hooker’s Green          ; Cadmium Orange;       Dioxazine purple.
  • Palette—This should be large! The smaller your palette is the more restricted you will feel. I recommend a large Masterson Stay-Wet palette (it’s an investment) but a few large, cleaned Styrofoam meat trays will do at a pinch.
  • Water Container—Large! You need to have plenty of water on hand. Old Tupperware containers (square or round) can be found at thrift stores or plastic ones are available at dollar stores. Little yoghurt containers won’t do!
  • Brushes—Make sure to bring some large ones, 1.5“ and/or 2” flats.
  • Roll of Paper Towel or Blue Shop Towels (available at Canadian Tire and Home Depot).
  • 1 or 2 Canvasses—2” deep, Size is your choice but no smaller than 16” x 20” and toned with a wash of colour (your choice). Note: This wash doesn’t have to be a perfect covering coat—it’s not your living room wall. In fact the ‘washier’ it is the better.
  • Half a dozen or so reference photos to choose from. (Subjects are your choice.)
Bring water, snacks & a hearty lunch to keep your blood sugar up….painting is hard work.  Or you can buy lunch from Sources Cafeteria located in the building.  Open 8am – 4pm on weekends.
Early Pre-register Members up to, March 312016          $ 90.
Members after March 31, 2016    $100.
Non-Members     $120.
Class Size (Limited to 15):  Participants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. .  You are not assured a place in the course until your payment is received.  The best way is PayPal. Please pay by PayPal through the South Surrey and White Art Society website. You do not need to have a PayPal Account to pay this way. When you click submit at the bottom of the form give the system a few minutes to change from our website to the PayPal website where you can pay by Visa or Master Card.

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