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Workshop Title
Dynamic Seascapes
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
Subject / Focus
Painting the Ocean and Waves Crashing Over Rocks
Class Description
You will learn some new techniques for depicting the energy and movement of the ocean and the translucency of the waves.
About the Artist
Marianne was born in England but spent much of her childhood in Malaysia. The stunning scenery and abundance of exotic animals and plants heightened her love of nature and keen interest in drawing and painting. As a teenager, her artwork was selling in local galleries and department stores. Marianne settled in Canada in 1980 and lives in Schomberg, Ontario.

As a full time artist and a sought after art instructor Marianne is never without her sketchbook or camera, always looking for new subject matter for her stunning closeup paintings of flowers, ethereal landscapes and abstract images. Marianne also enjoys taking on commissions of subject matter that she may not otherwise paint. Some of these have been commissioned for publishing purposes and her work has been licensed for Giclée reproductions, needlepoint designs, greeting cards and fine porcelain.

Marianne’s art education in England has been furthered by studies at The Haliburton School of the Arts and courses and workshops with many respected artists.

Marianne’s work has been exhibited in many juried exhibitions in which she has received numerous awards. The most recent are three Best in Show awards, Best Watercolour in Show, The Franklin Carmichael Award, The Marianne Crone Award, 2nd prize in the COAA Juried Show, Juror’s Choice, Honourable Mentions and several People’s Choice awards.

Her work can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada, U.S., and around the world.
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Paint / art media
Marianne uses Liquitex Soft Body paint and some Golden colours. These are the colours required (suggested) for this workshop:

Essential colours:
- Ultramarine Blue
- Phthalo Blue
- Phthalo Green or Sap Green
- Alizarin Crimson or Quinacradone Crimson
- Cadmium Red Light Hue
- Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue
- Burnt Umber
- Raw Sienna
- Titanium White

Optional colours:
- Yellow Oxide
- Viridian
- Cobalt Teal
Art Surface / Support
- Stretched canvas or canvas board
- Suggested size 20x24" or 24x30"
- Table easel
Supplies and Tools
- 1 1/2 and 2 inch flat
- 1/2, 3/4 and 1 inch brights
- no 4 or 6 round
- no 4 or 6 rigger
- cheap bristle fan brush

- Optional: 1/4 inch bright

- Large Stay-wet palette with a lid e.g Masterson 12x16"
- Paper or Styrofoam plates or disposable paper palette
- Water containers
- Fine mist spray bottle
- Apron
Reference materials
- Will be provided by instructor.
- Small sketchbook or scrap paper, pen and pencil
- Blackboard chalk (white)

Materials Instructor Will Bring:

Materials the instructor will provide
- A selection of reference photos
Items made available for purchase
- Small selection of brushes, instructional DVDs and cards.

**BRING Cash to pay directly to instructor.

Workshop Outline: Complete: All-4 Class Series, 1 only-Single Session, 1 & 2 - Saturday OR Full Day

Session 1
- We will discuss the concept, composition, colour choices, edges, harmony, depth, brushwork and other key pointers for painting a seascape.
- This includes an understanding of the anatomy of a wave and the direction of brush strokes to convey movement and energy.

- Marianne will use one of the reference photos for her demo, which will be done step-by-step, allowing time for participants to work on their own painting in between.

- The first stages involve toning the canvas and blocking in the main features, followed by painting the sky.
- We will then move on to building the details while talking about colour variety from horizon to foreground.
Session 2
- Marianne will continue her step-by-step demo to show her techniques for breaking waves and rocks as we progress to details in the foreground.
- The breaking waves, swirling foam and wet rocks will require attention to light effects and value contrast.

- The final details and highlights will bring the painting to life.

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