Autumn Leaves "Negative Painting Technique" Watercolour Workshop with CJ Shelton

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Nothing says “autumn” more than the glorious colours of the leaves changing! In this workshop you will learn a beautiful technique known as “negative painting”. Typically when working in watercolour we paint “in the positive”, meaning we add one shape on top of another. Negative painting is an intriguing, alternative approach in which the subject is established by painting around the object rather than by painting the object itself. In other words, you define various objects from close to distant, gradually revealing their shapes gradually and creating more depth and dimension with each layer of color you add. The magic is in the “reveal”!
Negative painting uses some very traditional watercolour techniques – wet-in-wet technique and glazing. In this class you will learn how to apply both techniques to achieve the beautiful negative painting effect.
New students are welcome, even complete newbies who have never tried watercolour before! If you have taken sessions with CJ before this one will build on your previous drawing or painting skills and add additional ones to your repertoire. Please bring any watercolour brushes or paints you currently have although supplies will be available for those who don’t have them. Paper and stretching boards will be supplied.
There are two opportunities to take this workshop!
Saturday, October 6 from 1-4:30pm
or Friday, October 19 from 1-4:30pm
Cost: $85 + HST per person
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Contact CJ at 519-942-2018 or email

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