acrylics

Free Painting Workshop #2

Adult East Bay residents who have never taken a class or workshop with me are invited! No previous painting knowledge is necessary. Bring your own media or try mine, and have fun learning how to paint a still life. Enjoy a relaxed, nurturing atmosphere and meet other art lovers. Registration is limited to 15 adults. One spot per household, please. Friends need to register too. My studio is wheelchair accessible and I am Spanish bilingual. FAQs Are there ID, age or other requirements to register for the event? The workshop is for people 18 or older, although I am open to accepting a parent accompanied by a teen 16 or older. It is open to East Bay residents who have not taken a class with me before. What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? There is street...Read More

Acrylic Glazing Demo

This 20 min demo is part of my Choosing and Mixing Color class. An expanded version of it is part of my Painting in Acrylics class. Uses Acrylic glazing, done by mixing smaller amounts of paint with pouring (liquid) polymer medium, is a great way for painters to control the opacity of their paint mixes. For painters mindful of color, glazes have additional uses. Glazes can be used to add temperature, intensity and contrast to parts of our painting, without the bulk of repeated layers of pigment. They can give a watercolor feel or can be used to create very subtle gradations between values. For beginners, glazes can be a way to “test” a mix. How Glazes Work Glazes are semi-transparent and as such rely on light reflected by the layers of paint underneath. So, when painting a glaze over a pre...Read More

Painting in Acrylics

How can such a friendly and versatile medium be so misunderstood? Acrylics is the medium I recommend to beginners and plein air painters alike. Easy to use, incredibly versatile, and devoid of noxious fumes. The class runs from March 18 to April 22. Click here to register. Summary: You will be able to receive instruction and paint during every class.  Instead of lectures, we engage in a series of short exercises coupled with explanations of the concepts for each session. Receive as much or as little support as you specify. Format: During the first hour, the focus will be on exploring various acrylic pigment and additive qualities though a series of fun, abstract exercises so you can be aware of the medium’s possibilities. We will go through the steps in the development of an acrylic ...Read More

Painting in Acrylics Starts March 18

Some people start learning to paint with acrylics. Others begin with oil then switch to acrylics under the assumption that they are less messy or toxic. Watercolorists switch because it is less difficult and expensive to frame an acrylic painting. Then there are painters who are prevented from bringing their oils to communal spaces. No matter your reason to try them, rest assured no medium has been more misunderstood than this one. You see, it’s all about the additives. Knowing how to use them will give you a tremendous range of effects that simply cannot be achieved with oils. Yet visiting an art store and knowing which additives to get can be a bit intimidating, so many students continue painting without them and reaching the conclusion that acrylics is a difficult, unwieldy medium...Read More