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Creative Editing the Landscape
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Subject / Focus
Power of creative editing composition, values, and colour. Paint layering techniques for oil or acrylic painters using various tools.
Class Description
Sam will share his process of painting in acrylic explaining the necessity to develop the skill in editing reference material and when painting plein air.

Helpful layering techniques to achieve rich textures and vibrant colours. Techniques using mediums along with palette knife, shapers and brayers will be demonstrated to inspire you in your creative journey. Learn how to edit reference material and interpret the landscape with more creativity.

Having a toned under painting (yellow/orange or pale purple or personal choice) in either acrylic or oil is recommended.

NOTE: PAINTING DEMO will be done on a landscape shape (12 X 16) panel or canvas.
About the Artist
Sam Paonessa AOCA, OSA is a graduate from the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. His career as a professional artist spanned over 30 years with Hallmark Cards.

During that period Sam traveled and painted plein air landscapes in North America, Italy and Morocco. As an active member of the Ontario Society of Artists he has been sharing his valuable experience gaining recognition as an accomplished painting workshop instructor for numerous art groups across Ontario.
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Paint / art media
Usual Palette of Colours : Acrylic or Oil: Not all necessary, use colours you have.
- Cad. Yellow Light or Hansa Yellow
- Alizarin Crimson or Cad. Red Deep
- Cadmium Red Light
- Ultramarine Blue
- Phthalo Green or Viridian
- Dioxazine Purple
- Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna
- Raw Umber
- Cadmium Orange or other yellow orange
- Quinacridone Magenta or Medium Magenta
- Sap Green
- Ivory Black or Paynes Gray
- Titanium White
- Nice to have but not essential: Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Violet

Mediums For Acrylic:
(Golden or Liquitex are quality brands that Sam uses)
- Gesso, small tub (Liquitex or Golden or whatever you may already have)
- Matte Medium (Fluid) or Floetrol (Paint Extender found at Benjamin Moore Paint stores)

- GAMBLIN Solvent free Gel
- Odourless Mineral Spirits (eg.Gamsol)
Art Surface / Support
- Mixed media sketchbook for practice (XL Canson) 9”x12”
- Canvas, Birch or Masonite Panels (Good to try various surfaces)
- Suggested sizes 12 X 16, 14 X 18
- You may work larger if you are a more experienced painter

***TO BE BETTER PREPARED PRE-TINT YOUR SURFACES with any desired colours. (Try 2 or 3 combinations, warm and cool, plus gesso to create some texture. Apply with brush, palette knife or brayer. If brighter colour is desired keep underpaint light and/or bright.)***
Supplies and Tools
- Disposable Palette 9 X 12 or larger

Brushes and Other Tools (Synthetic and/or natural hair brushes):
- Variety of sizes of filberts and flats in both bristle and synthetic
- Pointed round #3 or #4 (the better the quality the better the result)
- Sable are excellent but get what is affordable.
- One 2 inch house painting brush (or even wider for applying tints)
- Shapers / Princeton Catalyst White Silicone Mini-blade #4
- Handheld shaper W#01
- Sam recommends the angled head which is most useful and the handheld for larger size areas
- Palette Knife – Handy to have 2 or 3 different sizes: large, medium and small
(Shape of blade should be medium length that goes to a point like an arrowhead)
- Brayer 2 or 4 inch width (can be found in printmaking area) (Speedball is a good brand)

- Watercolour Pencils: Ultramarine Blue, Light grey and Raw Umber (if drawing for acrylic painting)
- Apron
- Water container
- Green painters tape (hardware store)
- Nitrile or Latex gloves if desired
- Rags
Reference materials
- Supplied by Instructor (will be emailed prior to start of class)

Materials Instructor Will Bring:

Materials the instructor will provide
- Reference image

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

Session 1
3 Hour Session:

- Short intro to class explaining the importance of editing in all aspects of painting principles.
- Followed by Sam's Demo
- Short break 5 - 10 minutes
- Questions and look at any student work 10 minutes
- Continue to work on painting if necessary 15 minutes
- Critique time 20 minutes

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