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Trilliums for Spring: A Negative Floral
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Subject / Focus
Ontario white trilliums using negative painting techniques.
Class Description
Working from a photo reference and drawing, participants will create a watercolour painting of white trilliums. This will be a step-by-step paint along, focusing on creating depth using negative painting techniques.
About the Artist
Nancy is an award-winning artist, teacher and juror. She is a Co-President and Director of the Toronto Watercolour Society (TWS) and Past President of the Society of York Region Artists (SOYRA). Nancy has exhibited her work in many solo shows and juried group shows including TWS Aquavision, IWS, Art Aurora, Society of York Region Artists (SOYRA), and Blue Mountain Foundation of the Arts (BMFA) shows. She has received several First Place, Honourable Mention and People's Choice Awards.

Nancy has been a guest instructor for many art societies such as the Banbury Group of Artists, Don Valley Art Club and the Marsh Street Painters, Clarksburg. She gives workshops and teaches regular sessions of classes at the Aurora Cultural Centre. Nancy has been an instructor at the Haliburton School of the Arts for many years.
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Paint / art media
Paint / art media: Professional Quality Transparent Watercolours

Use the colours in your palette. Below are the standard colours in Nancy's palette.

- Raw Sienna
- Aureolin or Lemon Yellow (cool)
- Indian Yellow (warm)
- Quinacridone Gold
- Quinacridone Burnt Orange (optional)

Reds: (NOT used in this Trillium Painting)
- Permanent Red or Scarlet Lake (warm)
- Quinacridone Rose or Permanent Rose (cool)

- Cobalt turquoise (cool and opaque)
- Phthalo Blue (cool and transparent)
- Cobalt Blue
- Ultramarine Blue
- Cerulean Blue

- Sap Green
- Perylene Green

- Permanent Magenta (optional)
- Winsor Dioxacine Violet

- Burnt Sienna
Art Surface / Support
- 140 lb. cold press Arches watercolour, Quarter sheet (11” x 15”)
- Painting support board; coroplast or plexiglass to fit paper
Supplies and Tools
- Masking tape to affix watercolour paper to support board
- Masking fluid with small old pointed round for application or Masking pen
- Rubber cement pickup for masking removal
- 2 water containers
- Kleenex and paper towels

Brushes: Use what you have.
- Medium sized pointed rounds (#8, 10, or 12)
- Small rounds (# 2 ,4, or 6)
- 1” Escoda 8247 hogs hair brush (optional)
- 1” flat watercolour stroke brush
- 1” flat watercolour brush (optional)
Reference materials
The instructor will provide:
- reference photographs,
- drawings to be traced and cut out.

Materials Instructor Will Bring:

Materials the instructor will provide
- Reference drawings and photo

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

Session 1
- Review concept of negative painting
- Colour Scheme
- Follow along a Step-by-step demonstration. Loose background
- Painting completed in glaze layers, each layer getting darker, cooler
• Details added at the end
• Sharing of Work
Session 2
Day 2:
- (Cont'd) Painting completed in glaze layers, each layer getting darker, cooler
- Details added at the end
- Sharing of Work

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