Marjorie Hicks: Simplifying the Figure

I enjoy painting on acrylic or oil primed linen boards, or Senso unbleached linen canvases. You are more than welcome to bring your preferred surface. (I do recommend that you know how your surface will perform!)

Canvas size: Please bring (3) 11x14 boards and (2) 12 x16 boards each day of the workshop. These boards can be divided in half or in thirds for exercises. You may also bring extra boards in various sizes for single paintings 9x12, 11x14, 12x16, no larger.

Here’s my recipe for Toning Canvas: Mix Liquitex white gesso with Pale Umber acrylic paint in equal measures. Add a few drops of water and mix together to loosen. Apply to your white canvas with a large brush. (I use nylon for this). You can’t put this on an oil primed canvas, only acrylic. (Nice because oil primed boards are more expensive). I will demonstrate how I apply this, so if you can’t do it before hand, no worries. BUT, if you like to accrue brownie points, come with your boards prepped!!

Cad yellow light
Permanent Rose
Ultra marine blue
Titanium white

Added options:
Yellow ochre
Dioxazine Purple
Cerulean Blue Hue

1 of each:
Bristle) Filberts- #2,4,6,8,10
(Bristle or Synthetic)Long Flats- #2,4,6,8,10,

portable easel
trash bag
palette knife (to mix paint)
gamsol (please no regular turpentine-very toxic)
viva paper towels
Comfortable shoes!

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