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My beginner acrylic students are currently working through a step by step course on painting the Impressionists. You are welcome to join us! Please call me at 306-775-0925 to register if you would like to complete this painting with us next Wed., Nov. 8th 4-6 pm at the Argyle Park Community Centre next to the Dr. Hanna Public Elementary School in Regina. To register for other upcoming classes visit http://www.nikkisportraits.com/Shop-Now.html and click “art instruction”. These classes are suitable for 8 years to adult but children must be accompanied by an adult. If you do not have art materials, I offer an art kit online as well! It’s a great way to introduce someone to painting.

“Field of Poppies at Giverny”

Nikki Jacquin after Monet


STEP 1: Using your number 2 round brush, thin your Yellow Ochre to a little so upper mix and lay out the basic land forms in the painting.

STEP 2: Sky: With your number 8 Filbert cover the whole sky with Titanium White. We will mix a little Cerulean Blue in the tip of our dirty brush and blend this in where you see blue sky. It’s important to work quickly white the white is still wet to obtain a smooth blend. Clean your brush. Now with 3 parts white and just a few dots of Yellow Ochre make a light golden colour mixing with you palette knife. Now add this to the tops of the white clouds with your #8 Filbert. If the white has dried reset this first and then blend in the new golden colour. Using a light touch aids in smooth blending. Take care to avoid getting the gold colour on the blue area or you will end up with green in your sky.

STEP 3: Toned Ground: With your palette knife mix a darker golden colour with 4 parts Yellow Ochre to 1 part Titanium White. With your #8 Filbert brush thin the paint slightly with water and brush this over the land and tree area. A toned ground helped to unify the colour scheme when painting outside ( en plein air) and would often show through to higher layers in the painting. Other toned grounds used by artists in history include, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Red Light, Blues, blue purples, blue pinks etc depending on the mood desired.

STEP 4: Shadows: With Diazonine Purple and a bit of Paynes Grey mix a dark purple for your shadows. Us a dabbing motion and your #8 Filbert for foliage and vertical strokes getting larger for perspective as you move forward in the picture plane. Remember to leave sky holes! We will continue from here on Nov. 8th to complete the painting. Please complete to this point on a 12″ x 16″ canvas. See you in class!