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   Nancy Romanovsky

February 1, 2024

 "Aspen Splendor"

 Acrylic Painting Demonstration and Workshop"



     Nancy Romanovsky will give a painting demonstration to help provide an understanding of the fundamental principles involved in creating a captivating landscape painting. Members will learn how to analyze and interpret a landscape scene to capture its essence on canvas. The demonstration will guide members through the process of blocking in a painting by massing shapes and value planes; developing cohesive color harmony; and bringing their artwork to a finish. Following the demo, members will use the provided photo reference to create their own aspen tree paintings.

Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Brief overview of my background and the day’s project


Blocking In Using Shapes and Value (25 minutes)

  • Explanation of value planes and their role in creating depth.

  • Step-by-step demonstration of blocking in major shapes and values in a landscape painting.

Developing Color Harmony (30 minutes)

  • Overview of color theory principles relevant to landscape painting.

  • Practical demonstration of color mixing and layering techniques to achieve a harmonious color


Bringing the Painting to a Finish (30 minutes)

  • Guidance on refining details, adding texture, and creating focal points.

  • Tips for knowing when a painting is finished and avoiding overworking.

​       Break for Lunch (30 minutes)

Hands-On Painting Session (120 minutes)

  • Members will use provided photo reference to create their own aspen tree painting.

  • I will circulate to provide guidance and tips, answer questions, etc.


Materials List


     Acrylic painting supplies -11 x 14 canvas, brushes, acrylic paints, palette, water cup, paper towels


     I generally use a limited palette called a double primary palette which consists of a cool and warm of each primary, plus white. As an example, the Landscape set by Utrecht is a good choice which has a cool and warm of each primary plus one green and one modifier (gray):

  • Titanium White

  • Cadmium Yellow Lemon

  • Yellow Ochre

  • Quinacridone Red

  • Venetian Red

  •  Viridian Hue 

  • Ultramarine Blue 

  • Payne's Gray

  • Cadmium Green 


     Here is a link to that set: Utrecht Acrylic Set, Original Landscape Set of 9:

This is the photo we will be using as a reference.

I took this at Yellowstone National Park 2022.






Here is a Notan value pattern using the app, Notanizer





Bio - Nancy Romanovsky

     Nancy began oil painting at an early age and later studied art at Arizona State University, the Scottsdale Artists’ School, and privately with several American artists. In 2012, Nancy left her career in graphic design and marketing to pursue painting full time. Honest and non-pretentious, her paintings expose the beauty of nature through the combination of light and shadow and serendipitous plays of color. Nancy’s paintings are held in corporate and private collections in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Hungary, Italy, and Russia. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Washington Artists, Puget Sound Group of NW Artists, and the Governor’s Mansion Foundation art committee. 




     I have always been intrigued by designs of nature: the line of a tree, the patterns of light and shadow, these mysterious designs create moods and become the source of my inspiration. My goal is to capture on canvas and interpret both nature's grandeur and its subtleties. I paint landscapes and explore the quiet essence of being in nature. My chosen medium is oil, with variety of brushwork, thick and thin, loose and detailed. Our Douglas fir tree farm in western Washington, an idyllic forest property, is the main source of visual nourishment for me. This is where new ideas for paintings are often born! 



























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