Figurative and Flowers with Donna Downey

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Donna Downey is a New Jersey native now living and working out of her home studio in Lincolnton, NC. As a painter, bestselling author, instructor and all-around creative force, she is a born experimenter, blending and transforming both traditional and unexpected elements into meaningful pieces of self-expression. A former elementary school teacher, she has synthesized her love of teaching with her passion for art and brings this to women via workshops and events around the world. Donna is consistently on the leading edge of taking risks that push the creative envelope and empowering others to do the same with their art. Her work can be found in private and public collections around the world.

“My work is evolutionary, an ever changing palette of colors in constant motion. As a painter, I find the process of applying paint to canvas a bit sexy. Intimately developing a relationship to the movement across the surface and losing myself in the strokes of color the brush leaves behind.

Because my art takes root in its color, I begin placing the colors like a map intuitively allowing the composition to reveal itself. The paintings develop in response to the energy created and it is as meditative as it is necessary to my personal connection to my art. I love a challenge of switching between media and it is not unusual to find me varying my canvas size from 6” to 6′.”

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Figurative and Flowers:

Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10, 2019.  10am-4pm
  • Shabby Sunflower
    39 King Street East
    Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada
  • Map

Two day painting experience that marries my two most expressive subject matters, the human figure and flowers.

Oils or acrylics
Painting experience helpful, but not necessary

DAY 1: The first days lesson will be a guided lesson; live painting and demonstration explaining my painting process for composition, paint sketching, color mapping and refining the details. We will paint together and I will be helping you develop your canvas based of my painting model.

DAY 2: We will begin a new painting. I will be painting along with you, modeling and demonstrating techniques, as well as, encouraging you to paint a figurative composition of your own choosing. I will be hands-on for guidance as well as encouragement for both days as we paint together.

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Students supply list:
• 3-5 inspiration images that include figures & flowers or figures with flowers.
• Acrylic and/or oil paints (both are welcomed)

Suggested paint colors, but not limited to:

  • Titanium white (this is the only color I would bring extra of)
  • Yellow ochre
  • Raw umber
  • Burnt sienna
  • Warm white
  • Magenta
  • Cadmium red/cadmium red light
  • A couple favorite blues/teals
  • A couple favorite greens
  • A couple favorite yellows
  • A couple favorite pinks/purples
  • A couple favorite yellows/oranges

• Paper towels
• Please wear paint clothes or apron (aprons will be available for use)

Oil painters will need to bring the following:

  • Paint palette
  • Paint brushes (some big & some small. Comfort is key use what you prefer as far as
    sizes and styles. I use rounds, flats and filberts as I work interchangeably in sizes 2-
    12)
  • Gamsol + container to put it in (I prefer Gamsol brand because it is solvent free,
    however any paint thinner turpenoid-like product is perfect)
  • Gamblin alkyd medium or oil medium + container to put it in (optional). I like to
    use a medium when I work makes the oils creamier.
  • Rubber gloves (optional)

Acrylic painters will need to bring the following:

  • Paint palette
  • Paint brushes (some big & some small. Comfort is key use what you prefer as far as
    sizes and styles. I use rounds, flats and filberts as I work interchangeably in sizes 2-12)
  • Water bucket
  • Baby wipes

Register Now!

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For questions please contact Liz at lizzieloumixedmedia@yahoo.com