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Big Bold Red Tulips
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Also Suitable for Oils
Subject / Focus
Background harmony and painting blended colour gradations on red petals.
Class Description
Marianne will demonstrate her techniques for painting realistic close up florals. The focus will be on creating harmony with a suitable background, choosing colours for using soft blending of the various colour variations on red petals and impact at the centre of focus.
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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Supplies Students Should Bring:

Paint / art media
- Marianne uses mostly soft body (Liquitex) and some fluids (Golden). These are perfect for blending on the petals.
- If you have other paints you can use them. Heavy body paint can be thinned with fluid matte medium.

The following colours (or their equivalent) will be required:

- Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue
- Cadmium Orange Hue
- Cadmium Red Hue
- Quinacridone Magenta
- Ultramarine Blue
- Sap Green (optional)
- Prussian Blue or Indanthrene Blue (or Phthalo Blue could be substituted)
- A dark violet such as Thioindigo Violet, Prism violet, Permanent Violet Dark or Dioxazine Purple
- Titanium White
Art Surface / Support
- Unstretched primed canvas, suggested size 20x24 or 24x30

***NOTE: Please tone your canvas and draw out the flowers as in the reference photo BEFORE the class.***
- Use the separate leaf photo to choose some leaves and draw them in so they are similar in placement to the sample painting). Don’t include anything in the background.
- To tone the canvas, use a very thin coat of Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold (Nickel Azo Yellow if Winsor and Newton) or Burnt Sienna lightened with some warm yellow.
- The image can then be drawn with a white charcoal pencil or blackboard chalk.
Supplies and Tools
Synthetic acrylic brushes, not bristle oil painting brushes.
- 1 1/2” and/or 2 inch flat
- 1/4”, 1/2” and 3/4” brights (short flat)
- 1/4”1/2”, 3/4” filberts (oval).
*If you don’t have filberts you could use the brights No 4 or 6 round

- Large acrylic stay wet palette (with snap on lid). Marianne suggests the Masterson Sta-Wet Premier Palette. 12.5 x 16.5 inches.
- Paper or styrofoam plates OR disposable paper palette
- Plastic containers for water
- Paper towels AND pieces of old rag or shop cloths (blue roll from Canadian Tire)
- Spray bottle
- White charcoal pencil or blackboard chalk (this can be sharpened with a large hole pencil sharpener)
Reference materials
- Reference photos and an outline drawing be supplied by instructor prior to the start of the class.

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

Session 1
Over the course of three classes we cover the following, with step-by-step demonstrations by Marianne as you paint along:

Session One:
- Introduction
- Discussion on composition, choice of reference photos.
- Choice of colours for the flowers and background.
- Making a colour swatch.
- Demo for painting the background with techniques explained.
- Start to paint the back flowers with colour variation and techniques for soft blending explained.
Session 2
Session two:
- Discussion on aerial perspective to achieve depth and hard/soft edges.
- Finish the back flowers.
- Discussion on painting the main flower and how to accentuate the centre of focus.
- Start painting the main flower with techniques explained as Marianne paints the demo.
Session 3
Session Three:
- Finish the main flower.
- Discussion on leaf colours.
- Paint the leaves with techniques explained as Marianne paints the demo.
- Make any adjustments and finishing touches.
- Discussion about the finished painting.

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