Painting with Peggy

 Making it meaningful to you makes art that matters!


Peggy Stanton offers Private Acrylic Painting Workshops for artists of all levels. Each three hour session, is a hands on painting session where participants learn to approach their painting process with a new awareness and understanding of color dynamics and composition.


Peggy helps artists to heighten and accentuate their own unique vision with bold colors. With important tips on Acrylic Paints and Mediums, artists create a painting on canvas using an expressive and intuitive process. And she guides artists on “painterly” ways to put on the finishing stokes. 


Get the results that you want from Acrylics, and together with Margaret (Peggy) Stanton, get inspired to do your best work ever! 



Start with a 16 x 20 canvas. We will paint a colorful underpainting, then Peggy will show you how to create the perfect pallet to mix beautiful, harmonious colors.


 Ten point list of what to bring including a list of colors.


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1. Bring your Acrylic Paints. ( If you are buying new paints try the Soft Acrylics. Soft Acrylics have as much pigment as heavy body acrylics, they mix easily and they can be thicken up with Clear medium when needed) While Painting with Peggy you will learn about colors; their properties and their complimentary counter parts. Below is a list of colors that you can use. Please get professional grade paints. 


Primary (best to have) Colors:

Ultramarine Blue

Alizarine Crimson (Red)

Cadmium Yellow light

Titanium White


Secondary (good to have) Colors: 

Viridian or Thalo Green

Dioxazine Purple 

Burnt Umber


Choose more colors as you go. Here are some colors with descriptions:

Phthalo Blue - transparent blue-green

Magenta - transparent, between D.Purple and Ult. Blue 

Acra Gold - transparent “dark” yellow

Naphthol Red Light - transparent light red

Quinacridone Crimson - transparent red, rosy glazing

Cadmium Red Light - perfect for harmonizing blue-greens

Cadmium Orange - secondary, compliment to Ultramarine Blue

Hooker's Green Deep Hue - Dark green-yellow

Quinacridone Burnt Orange - Transparent red-orange

Cadmium Yellow Medium 

Green Gold - transparent 

Mixing White - good to have for mixing medium values and other stuff

Unbleached White - good for warm whites and warm nudging of colors


2. Acrylic Matt Medium ( clear, runny)


3. Canvas of your choice (stretched canvas or canvas pad - any size, I like 16 x 20 or larger)


4. Large Jar for water (plastic or glass, the larger the better)


5. Pallet of your choice ( styrafoam plates or egg cartons work well)


6. Paper Towels


7. Easel


8. Chair we have, but bring one that you like if you want to.


9. Please think about a place or a subject that is meaningful to you, and bring a picture of it to refer to as you create your painting with Peggy.


10. Drinks and snacks


Peggy will guide you in setting up the perfect pallet of colors and give instructions on how to develop your painting with great color harmony and value.


Any painting that you are having trouble with, feel free to bring to the class. Peggy will help you to recognize it’s strengths and provide tips on how to put on the final touches.


We will learn how to create your next best masterpiece, get inspired to try new things with a better understanding of color and composition, and get the encouragement you need to exhibit your art in shows and on the web.


There will be answers to questions like:

How do I plan a big painting?

How does perspective work?

what is Color Harmony?

Why is an under painting important?

What are finishing strokes?

Why is Mat Medium important?

How can I create good habits for painting to become more prolific?

What is Impressionism and Expressionism?

How do I know that I am an Artist?


Join me for a private session of Painting with Peggy
















Here's your chance to see all the Hand Outs!

Full of pictures and information, these pages will inspire you.

Class Handouts Begining with

Choose Your Subject

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Get Luminous Color by using transparent pigment and Matt Medium (which is clear). Georgia O'Keefe used transparent and opaque colors on the full light and half light areas of each shape, then mixed in some of the complimentary color for the shadows.

Learn to use your entire canvas by thinking about the Composition of your painting. And don't forget about Perspective. Even a hint of perspective in your painting can help add depth and a sence of reality to even the loosest and most expressionistic painting. 

Discover more tips for good composition by looking at painting by the impressionists and the modernists. I like to search the web using these two painting genres, then see what draws my eye and why! Notice the different ways that the masters are able to create contrast. Together we will discover how to create a strong center of interest using value, contrast and texture.

Get inspired by one of the great Impressionists, Mary Cassatt. She used great perspective and strong shapes to use up every bit of her canvas!

Doing an Acrylic Painting can be thought of as creating several "passes". The Underpainting is one of them! This can be a good way to tone the canvas with Transparent, Luminous Pigment and Matt Medium. In my Banana Painting below I choose to paint a yellow and orange detailed underpainting, the yellow to support the lightest areas of the yellow/green and the orange to be the complimentary color under the blue colors and peeking out of the shadows. 

Learn how to set up the perfect pallet for harmonious colors! Begin with a bright under-painting and finish with dazzling boldness! Get inspired to do your best work ever!

This is Just the Beginning!
Discover what you can do with your own creativity during private sessions Painting with Peggy!