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Heartfelt Expressions: “Fantastic Florals” by Lucy Thomas

November 3 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

We are pleased to have Lucy Thomas to instruct on painting flowers in acrylics. For more about Lucy and her beautiful paintings go to https://www.lucyisanartist.com/home

Lucy plans for us to do two paintings of the same subject….the subject being flowers of course! We will do one small study of the flower arrangement then a larger version that you will work on the rest of the time.

Here is what she’d like for you to bring: 

First and most importantly: Bring what you have and what you like to use. It is not necessary to have the stuff listed below. Any brand and type of acrylic paint is fine.

Lots of the below can be bought locally either at Hobby Lobby, Michaels or The Art Cart in Lowe Mill. Or you can order online at Dick Blick Art supply. …dickblick.com.

Acrylic Paints

I am a big fan of Golden brand paints. I like to use their heavy body and love their fluid acrylics. Some of my favorite colors in the Golden line are: Diarylide Yellow, Ceruleun Blue Deep, Raw Umber, Quinacridone Magenta, Primary Magenta, Alizarin Crimson Hue, Sap Green, Teal, Green Gold, Primary Yellow and Naples Yellow. (Hobby Lobby doesn’t carry Golden but Michaels and the Art Cart do. Not sure if either has all these colors though.)

I also like to use Liquitex brand and the less expensive Hobby Lobby brands. Again just bring what you like to use.

Note: the Art Cart provides a 10% discount for supplies purchased when you take a class from the Huntsville Art League – be sure to mention the Huntsville Art League

Brushes

I use all kinds! Flats, brights, rounds, washes, etc. Feel free to bring what you have and what you like. I like to use inexpensive brights in #6, #8, and #10. So grab those if you have them. Synthetic brushes seem to be best for acrylic painting.

I recommend bringing at least one larger brush to tone the canvas. I use a smaller size house painting brush for this sometimes.

Palettes

I will bring some paper plates for us to use but you are welcome to bring a palette if you like.

I use cheap plastic palettes that have lids. Just what I started with and haven’t been able to change to something more sophisticated! Feel free to bring whatever you like to use.

I am familiar with the Sta-Wet Palette if you want to keep your paint wet for an a long time (week or two). There is one with a red top that comes with special paper and a sponge. I know some people swear by these palettes!

Canvas

You need two canvases or panels- one smaller than the other. I really like to use flat gessoed panels for work like this. If you get panels, please get ones that have already been prepared for paint- that have been gessoed. Not bare wood. Traditional canvas is fine too.

They should be in the same proportions. An 8×10 would work well with a 16×20 since they are both rectangles and similar proportions. And 8×8 works with a 12×12.

Pencil or Charcoal: I like to paint my outline of the subject with white paint. If you would rather draw your initial sketch, then bring something to do that with. Both charcoal and pencil will need to be brushed off or removed from the canvas. I have seen some folks use chalk too. I will provide flowers and containers for our subject.

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