Acrylic Painting: Creating a Complex Surface

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Instructor Linda Hope

Starting with self-selected photographic sources, the student will be encouraged to take advantage of multiple techniques to develop the surface of a painting.  Using a “felt” response to the elements in the source imagery as a starting point, students will be guided through the development of a complex painted surface, by varying acrylic techniques as needed to create an expressive and personal statement.  Students should bring two sources: a copy of a favorite painting by another artist from the past and any photographic source on which to base a painting. Please bring a real image on paper, not an image on a phone. All levels are welcome!

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Image credit: Tim Hamilton

$10.00 materials fee paid to the instructor
10/8/2019-11/12/2019 (Note there will be no meeting on 10/15/19)
5 meetings
Fort Mason (2 Marina Blvd – Bldg B, San Francisco, CA 94123)
Room 200


Materials List:

STRETCHED CANVAS or CANVAS BOARD 16 “ x 20” or 18" x 24" (or larger) 

PAINTS (2 oz. tubes unless otherwise indicated) 
Recommended Colors: 
Mars or Ivory Black; Titanium White (5 oz. tube recommended) 
Alizarin Crimson; Cadmium Red Medium; Cadmium Yellow Medium; Ultramarine Blue; Pthalo Blue 
Burnt Sienna; Yellow Oxide or Yellow Ochre; Dioxyzine Purple; Raw Umber 

• Set of Taklon brushes to include a FLAT brush, a FILBERT brush, and a ROUND brush. Get a set where the FLAT or Filbert brush is at least ¾” across. 
• Cheap Hardware Store type natural bristle brushes: 1"; 2"; 2.5" - 3" 
• If you can afford it get a couple of large brushes with white natural bristles, Filbert and Round shapes OR a white bristle brush set 

• Plastic Palette knife, trowel shaped, with about a 4 inch blade. 
• Spray bottle. Get one that will produce a fine mist, not the garden variety. The misters are available at cosmetic stores, or in the cosmetic sections at department and drug stores. Pump hairspray bottles work well.