Events - Negative Painting with Nancy Newman

This workshop is positively negative! Add this exciting and dramatic approach to your painting repertoire. Working in the negative will energize you and add a whole new level to your creative process. Increase the range of values in your painting by using the space in and around an object. Working from light to dark, you will create an illusion of depth. Initially, you will learn to "Think negatively" through step-by-step demonstrations and exercises. Simplify shapes, create effective compositions and refine your images to achieve painting with dynamic impact. This negative approach is taught primarily using watercolours.

Materials List

Suggested colours: Please do not feel you have to buy new colours. These are the colours I have on my palette. Include warm and cool transparent colours.

• Yellows: Aureolin, Quinacridone Gold, Raw Sienna
• Reds: Cad Red, Permanent Red, Permanent Rose, Alizarin
• Blues: Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean, Cobalt
Turquoise Light
• Greens: Sap Green, Perylene Green
• Brown: Burnt Sienna, Quinacridone Burnt Orange
• Violets: Winsor Dioxazine Violet, Permanent Magenta

Brushes: Good Synthetic brushes are fine.

• No. 3 or 4 Script or Rigger brush -long thin bristles
• Assorted sizes of watercolour rounds: (small, medium, large)
• 1" flat watercolour
• 1" or flat hogs hair (8247 Escoda)…for softening edges and
fading out.

Paper: 140 lb. cold press Arches watercolour paper.

Half sheet, 15 x 22" or quarter sheet 11 x 15", and a few scrap sheets for exercises (5 x 7" approximately)


• painting board to fit your paper
• 2 water containers (plastic margarine tubs or ice cream
• paper towels, Kleenex
• masking tape
• Salt (regular and coarse pickling or kosher)
• Spray Bottle (little spritzer type, makes larger droplets)
• Drawing pencils, 2B, HB
• Old clean toothbrush
• Hair dryer nearby
• Cut out flower patterns (3 – 5 " diameter)

About the Artist

Nancy Newman is an award winning artist and teacher, living in Aurora, Ontario. She is a member of the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts, the East Central Ontario Art Association and an associate member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. Nancy's work celebrates the connections between people and places, their history and the natural world. Her love for watercolours is shared with others through workshops, classes, and art trips.