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Birds and Beasts - Painting Expressively in Acrylics
w/ Cheryl Waale

Saturday-Sunday / November 23-24 / 10:30-4:30

Cost: $275

Registration: Call in, come in, or register online. 425.697.2787

Location: Cole Art Studio, located on the lower level of Cole Gallery. 107 5th Ave S, Edmonds WA 98020

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Acrylic paintings with a fresh perspective are Cheryl Waale’s niche. She has developed a recognizable style--turning ordinary subjects into extraordinary works which offer many layers of color and texture. Her paintings appear to have layers of stories embedded in them. The results are works that take the 2D medium to a new level.

 This workshop is for beginning to intermediate painters who want to experience the joy of creating small expressionist works of art that include your own stories. The focus will be to paint a bird or animal loosely and creatively with acrylic and other water friendly mediums. Cheryl will guide you using the basics of strong design while you build your painting by adding layers of vibrant color and collage with the emphasis on keeping your paintings lively, loose and fresh.

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 The workshop includes short demos and guidance on laying the groundwork and making decisions that will lead to a painting that will please. Once you’ve selected your image(s), Cheryl will help you create an underpainting that is loaded with paint, collage and ‘mark making’ (i.e. charcoal, pencil, pen, etc). While one canvas dries, you’ll begin another and back and forth you’ll go during the two days, working on two paintings simultaneously.

 Whether you’re a beginner or have painted for some time, Cheryl will bring a sense of freedom and joy to the process of creating a work that is inspired by pushing boundaries. Be prepared to work outside the lines!

Supply List:

Questions about these supplies? ARTspot staff are happy to help you. Call 425-640-6408 or email at ARTspotEdmonds@gmail.com.  Artspot's Web Site


Acrylic paint - artist grade is best for your success in this workshop. (ARTspot carries Golden and M. Graham. Either will work fine.)

  • Cadmium yellow light and dark

  • Cadmium red light and medium

  • Cadmium orange (optional)

  • Alizarin crimson

  • Cerulean blue

  • Ultramarine blue

  • Dioxazine Purple

  • Pthalo blue green shade

  • Raw umber dark

  • Titanium white

  • Black- ivory or Mars

  • Any other colors you like

 Brushes and palette knives:

  • Larger synthetic brushes #8 and above

  • Palette knives or color shapers of your choice

Painting surfaces
2-3 canvases or boards, 12x12 (or 11x14) at the largest

Other materials:

  • Photo references of your bird or animal. Keep them simple and preferably enlarge to 8-1/2x11 and put in plastic sleeve. Cheryl will bring some images to share.

  • Acrylic gel medium—either matte or gloss.

  • Collage paper, for example origami, magazine, tissue, music, or something you’ve painted or printed from an online source. Keep in mind thinner paper dries faster.

  • VIVA or blue shop towels

  • Spray water bottle|

  • Nitrile gloves and protective clothing or apron. Don’t want you to be afraid to make a mess!

  • Mark-making tools such as charcoal, soft pastels, pencils, pens

  • Palette—preferably Masterson Sta-Wet Palette (12x16) and papers which keep your acrylics wet on your palette while working. You will need the Sta-Wet Palette papers of the same size (12x16). Blue lid Masterson will save you money. Papers can be washed and used over and over.

Check this out! ARTspot Concierge Service. ARTspot will personally do your shopping for you! They can set aside the materials you need, ready for pickup - they can even deliver your supplies to Cole Art Studio before your class. Call ARTspot at 425.640.6408 for this great service. Note: To ensure your order can be filled, please order as early as possible.