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Acrylic or Oil: A Floral Portrait


Sunday, July 16     10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

With Oksana Zhelisko.

Flowers and women are wonderful and beautiful subjects to paint. There are many great techniques that you can use to capture their beauty. In this one-day class we shall combine the beauty of both subjects into one image, using alla-prima technique (done in one sitting). We shall be working from the same reference image of a beautiful woman, but you will be able to choose your own flower(s) to capture a stunning flower portrait. Think about flower names — Jasmine, Rose, Flora, Daisy, Iris —and take your inspiration from them.

The instructor will illustrate the technical and expressive aspects of oil/acrylic portrait painting by doing a demo and showing examples of her own work.

Participants receive a 20% discount on these supplies.

Paints, Acrylic or Oil:

  • Titanium White
  • Raw Sienna
  • Cerulean Blue Hue
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium/Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue
  • Sap Green/Sap Green Hue
  • Alizarin Permanent
  • Napthol Red/Naphthol Red Medium Hue
  • Ultramarine Violet
  • Oil only: Gamblin Radiant Red, Asphaltum
  • Acrylic only: Holbein Shell Pink, Azo Brown

Support: Stretched canvas 12"x12” or 12”x16”

Brushes: (based on Princeton): #2, #4, #8 #14 (filbert), liner brush #1. Bring all the brushes that you already have.

Other supplies:  Easel, floor or tabletop

About the Instructor: Classically trained in Eastern Europe, Oksana began her career as an artist in L'viv, Ukraine. Oksana entered the Ivan Trush College of Decorative Arts in 1996. There she studied all aspects of art and decided to make painting, especially of murals, her specialty. In 2001, she held her first solo exhibition at the L'viv University of Ivan Franko. Oksana brings her training, skill, and passion to her painting, and she is versatile in expressive styles. She is adept at many genres, including portraiture, still life, and landscape.