How to Create Light With Color with Ann Willsie

How do we capture light on our canvas? We see light all around us, but it is a challenge to portray that light  on our two-dimensional canvas. And how do we paint shadows – in real life, we only see darker shades of the local color , but how do we interpret that in our paintings? Many artists struggle with portraying light and dark in their paintings, instead ending up with a “flat” , middle-tone painting. This workshop will focus on building up your painting, from darks to lights – how to make your paintings pop with amazing values, creating high key color and working with contrast. 

This workshop is designed for those wanting to work on their painting skills and techniques and experience what color and brushstroke can do for your painting . We will be talking about:
  • Color – how to mix and use colors
  • High Key color and shadows
  • Composition – what makes a good composition
  • Brushstrokes - how to loosen up and create more impressionistic as opposed to realistic paintings.
After a brief discussion and introduction, Ann will be doing a demo in oil paints to start off the workshop.  Some of the topics covered during the demo will include :
  • The Underpainting;
  • Design and composition
  • How to get started on the values in your painting
  • Inspiration- how and where to get inspired
  • Color mixing
The rest of the day you will be working on your own paintings, your choice of subject matter. If you are a fast painter, make sure you bring lots of canvasses and reference photos.  Ann will provide guidance on a one-on-one basis throughout the day.

The key to enjoying painting lies in letting go of pre-conceived notions, loosening up and having fun!

Date:   May 27th 2017

Time:  10:00am - 4:00pm

Cost:   $95

Workshop Location:

Ellis Art Studios
1021 Ellis Street
Kelowna, BC

These workshops fill quickly, so to register please contact Ann Willsie via email at or by phone 604.790.6710 

Supply List will be Provided.



Impressionistic, intuitive paintings of nature close up , on a personal level – this is what lies at the root of Ann’s paintings. She attended Kwantlen University College where she achieved the Dean’s Honour  Roll, and has attended numerous workshops and mentorships with professional artists since. Ann has been exhibiting her work for over 18 years throughout British Columbia , Alberta and Ontario, and her paintings are held in collections around the world.  Ann now  paints and teaches painting workshops at her studio, Studio Cerulean, in Lake Country, B.C.


I have been painting “en plein air” for over 5 years now, and I love it. There is just something exhilarating about taking my painting gear outside, exploring trails and backroads that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise seen, and setting up my easel and paints in the middle of a field of tall grass, or beside a meandering river. Light changes constantly, and it is a challenge to capture this light on the canvas. Sometimes the field studies done en plein air result in a large painting of the same subject back at the studio.