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Oct 14 - Tableau Noir: Acrylic Painting on Black Canvas

tableau noirTableau Noir: Acrylic Painting on Black Canvas, Sandy Troudt
Saturday, Oct 14 10am-4pm
$84, please see supply list after artist bio

Participants will be introduced to creating a painting on black-toned canvas, one of the many approaches to painting that Sandy enjoys. When the color ground is allowed to consistently peek through between brush marks, it gives an overall sense of depth, unity and drama, drawing the viewer into the finished work. This is true especially if the subject is rendered with bright and bold colors that make the painting seem alive. Sandy uses black to make other colors look brilliant. "From the first stroke of my brush, this approach provides maximum contrast for values, highlights, shapes edges and vibrant colour." Students may use their own reference material or paint along with Sandy as she demonstrates this technique. Sandy will give each person individual help in completing their work. No experience required.

Artist Bio: Sandy immersed herself in art during and after a satisfying career of teaching and school administration. She studied with many notable artists and mentors whose expertise helped her find her own path and she now strives to help others discover their own unique way.

The natural beauty of her surroundings inspires Sandy’s work. Experiments with technique and medium continually refresh her eagerness to learn and sustain her delight in creating vivid images. Sandy paints using a variety of approaches and printmaking is an important part of her studio practice.
artspace register now-01Sandy's art enriches her life continuously, sustaining interest and motivation as it offers delight. Membership in artists' groups have fostered deep friendships. Sandy Troudt is an active member of the FCA, founding member and past president of its Peace River Chapter. She is a signature member and past president of Flying Colours Artists' Association in the Peace Region. Her award winning work is represented in the 2014 publication, ARTISTS OF B.C. – Volume 4. You can see more of Sandy's work on her website.


Supply List
Painting on Black Canvas with Sandy Troudt
Acrylic Workshop – NPCC, Fort St. John

The following supply list is only my recommendation and not by any means is it mandatory. Opus Art Supplies in Vancouver, Delta Arts in Edmonton (see their toll-free # in the yellow pages SpeeDee Printers in Fort St. John, or any good art supply store should have available just about everything on this list. Keep in mind that Michael's is more expensive than the sources listed here.

SUPPORTS – For a one-day workshop, one smaller sized canvas is needed. However, you might bring an extra one in case you complete the first painting and wish to begin another from your own reference material. I would suggest bringing sizes 11" x 14", 12" x 16", or up to 16" x 20". NOTE: I have a couple of pre-toned canvasses for sale @ $10 each. First come, first served.

BLACK GESSO – Purchase a small jar of your own or share with a friend. We will apply the gesso at the workshop, or if you've done this before, you may come with your surfaces already prepared. Having your own cottage cheese containers (one for water and one for gesso) will facilitate ease of sharing.

ACRYLIC BRUSHES: For this approach, I suggest flats, #4, #6 up to #10 to #12 and a very small round, size #O or #1. Since we'll be painting on smaller sized canvases, you probably won't need to go larger than #10. If you don't have acrylic brushes, Opus carries a good, serviceable brand that is very reasonable in price, the LEGATO 550 Series. These may be purchased in individual sizes or as a set.

ACRYLIC PAINT/PIGMENT CHOICES: You do not need 20 or 30 tubes of paint unless you plan to work nights as well. A basic palette of SIX colours, (warm & cool, yellow, red and blue, plus titanium white will give you a huge range of colour and value. I recommend artist quality paint, such as Golden Heavy Bodied Acrylic, but Stevenson or other student quality will be adequate. However, bring any paints that you have.

SANDY'S CURRENT "basic" PALETTE FOR ACRYLIC - Titanium white (I always buy a large tube or jar of white because I paint a lot.), nickel azo yellow, Indian yellow, cadmium orange, quinacridone nickel azo gold, cadmium red medium, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, pthalo blue, pthalo turquoise, sap green, dioxazine purple and a transparent brown such as red iron oxide or burnt sienna. I'm still finishing off a tube of pthalo green, and diarylide yellow, but don't use them too often.I also have other colours in my "tool box" because I enjoy experimenting. I no longer use black acrylic and prefer to either use black gesso in my underpainting for my darkest dark or, if needed, to make my own "black" by mixing other colours. I rarely use cerulean blue or Paynes' Grey, but they are in my box for occasional use.I would suggest that you bring any other colours you have. Please don't go out and buy tons of paint just for this workshop. You may just use what has been working for you and if you see a delicious colour that someone uses that you like, you can invest in more paints after the workshop.

EVERYONE NEEDS - 2 reusable light-weight containers (one for paint and one for gesso) to clean your brushes. Cottage cheese or yogurt containers work well.

  • a palette of some sort such as white or clear ice cream pail lids, disposable palettes with sheets of paper or a stay wet palette. There are many things that will work. Just don't use styrofoam containers unless you cover the bottom with clear "Press & Stay" wrap. (I may not have the correct name of the wrap, but it has a light adhesive on one side.) Styrofoam alone will absorb your paints at an alarming rate.
  • a piece of regular white classroom chalk (pastels won't work)
  • For a 1-day workshop it will be easier to learn this approach if you paint along with me using the reference that I use for the "demo", but you are welcome to use your own. However, bring some of your own reference material. You may have a opportunity to begin a second painting.
  • For your first painting using this approach, I suggest a fairly simple composition. The approach works well for landscapes, street scenes or still life.
  • paper towels or rags
  • An apron to protect your clothing is handy.

EASELS - We will need something or somewhere to hold our painting surface stable. A chair will work in a pinch, however, I suggest you use an easel. You may stand to paint but the room is supplied with chairs and large tables so you can use a table easel if that is your preference. I use a mixture of acrylic medium (gel gloss and matte medium) for a finishing coat, but it's not necessary to have this for the workshop.

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