Orangeville Art Group

“Marianne is a knowledgeable, creative, hard working and tenacious instructor and mentor. Her demos are ‘to die for’. She is easy to approach and always gives constructive advice on how to improve our paintings.”
– Haliburton student

Come and learn from an accomplished painter of large realistic flowers using acrylic paint. The effects that can be achieved are amazing. Learn how to achieve soft blending, create depth and structure in flowers, get colour harmony throughout the painting and make flowers vibrant and enticing.

Marianne will explain all of her techniques while giving a step-by-step demonstration of a floral painting, allowing time for you to paint each part of the painting with individual help and critique from Marianne. As there is a lot to fit into a one-day workshop, Marianne suggests a composition with only one flower, using a smaller canvas e.g. 20×20 or 20×24.

Participants in the workshop should have some knowledge of painting with acrylics.

Marianne has had a passion for painting all her life. She has won many awards for her paintings in juried shows, including many Best of Show awards. She has had numerous shows, and her work is in private collections and galleries in a number of countries.

Please note that this is a workshop in acrylics. Please do not bring oil paints: some people attending this workshop have allergies to oil paint.

When: Saturday November 14, 2015
Time: 10am – 4pm
Where: Victoria Parks Community Centre, Mono Mills

(west side of Airport Road; from Hwy 9 turn south on Airport Road and then turn right at the first street (Calmon Drive) and immediately right onto Victoria Crescent and left into the Centre)

Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time for set up. Tea/coffee and snacks will be complimentary but please bring your own lunch (optionally your own coffee cup).

Supply List:

Bring your regular supplies for painting with acrylics. Marianne’s suggested supply list is as follows:

Marianne uses mostly soft body (Liquitex); if there is a particular colour that is not available in soft body, then heavy body (Liquitex, Golden, Winsor and Newton) and also use some fluids (Golden).

Essential colours:
Quinacradone Crimson or Acra Crimson
Quinacradone Magenta or Acra Magenta or Quinacradone Violet
Cadmium Red Medium Cadmium Yellow Medium
Ultramarine Blue Cobalt Blue
Cadmium Orange Burnt Sienna
Dioxazine Purple Titanium White

Optional colours:
Unbleached Titanium White Cadmium Yellow Light or Azo Yellow
Olive Green (can be mixed from black and yellow)
Prussian Blue or Indathrine Blue or Anthraquinine Blue
Sap Green Quinacradone Nickel Azo Gold

MEDIUM Acrylic Matte Medium – liquid, not gel. Any other mediums that you like working with.
SUPPORT Primed stretched canvas, canvas board or primed masonite. Suggested size 20×24, 24×30 or a square canvas for florals.
BRUSHES Synthetic acrylic brushes, not bristle oil painting brushes.

Essential is a 2 inch flat (or at least 1 1/2 inch)
1/2”, 3/4”, 1” brights (short flat)
No 4 or 6 round
No 4 or 6 rigger

Optional – ¼ “ bright and Filberts (oval) – Marianne uses nos. 8, 10 and 14

PALETTE Acrylic stay wet palette OR plastic peel off palette or paper plates with cling wrap to cover.


Plastic container for water, 500 ml or larger
Paper towel and piece of old towel/rag or shop cloths
Plastic sheet to protect table Fine mist spray bottle
Palette knives (plastic ones are fine)
Small sketchbook or scrap white paper, notebook, pen and pencil
Water-soluble pencils or blackboard chalk
Photos to work from if you wish. Reference pictures will be supplied
Table easel, if you like to work upright

Subjects to Draw. Think of photographs:

Workshop Fees:

2015 OAG members: $50    Non-members: $80

Non-members may join the OAG at the workshop

To register, please send a cheque (payable to Orangeville Art Group) to Orangeville Art Group Workshop, 106 Hunter Rd., Orangeville, On., L9W 5C2. Mention this workshop when sending cheque

Register early – registrations are limited to 15, with a short waiting list. 

For further information and to register, please contact Donna Bigonzi at , (519) 546-9224

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