Workshop: Working with Isolated Shapes

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For your homework, you will need your painting gear and a
painting surface appropriate to your medium.

It is important that you approach your homework study as just that–a study exercise. You are not making a painting, but you are doing a practice exercise that is studying methods for working with isolated shapes. For this reason, if your medium is oils or acrylic, please do NOT use stretched canvas for your homework exercises. Gessoed card stock or sheet canvas will work just fine. If your medium is watercolor, pastels or gouache, use the quality of
paper that will give you the best results.

The size of your painting surface should be no larger than 9”x 12”. Otherwise, there will be too much space to manage to keep your attention on creating luminosity. Beyond this, use the paints and brushes with which you are most comfortable working. Dianne’s intention is not to change your choices to hers, but to focus on learning one of the best ways to use your attention to creating luminosity.

NOTE for Watercolor & Acrylic painters: If you are using watercolor or acrylic, for the notan, use a thin, wash made
from ultramarine blue and water.

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