FREE ONLINE DEMO: Painting the Domestic Interior with Val Nelson

October 09, 2021, 11am-12:30 RSVP @ OPUS ART SUPPLIES

Space and Light: Painting the Domestic Interior

“I don’t paint things, I paint the differences between things” – Henri Matisse

The subject for Val’s painting demo is her favorite room in an old Victorian guesthouse in Hampstead, London. She will discuss and demonstrate ways to create focal points as she works toward bringing her painting toward resolution. A number of things will be considered, particularly the idea of “difference” in terms of pushing contrasts in value, edge quality, and colour saturation.

Val’s Materials List

Pre-primed Opus Exhibition Deep Canvas 1.5 inch profile, size 16 x 12”. Val always adds one layer of Golden White Gesso for extra archival protection, and lightly sands the surface with fine 600 grit sandpaper. Lately Val has been also applying an underpainting of Golden White Gesso mixed with a little Golden brand burnt umber acrylic for a brownish pink tone that adds a warm glow to her painting.

Gamblin Oil Paints: Val arranges the colours on her palette in this order listed below. (Light to dark, warm to cool). She mixes her own blacks using ultramarine blue and burnt umber.

Radiant White

Cadmium Yellow Light

Hansa Yellow Deep

Yellow Ochre

Cadmium Red Light

Quinacrodone Red

Burnt Umber

Ultramarine Blue

Pthalo Green


Gamblin Galkyd Lite

Gamblin Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits


#12 Synthetic filbert

#6 Long-haired filbert bristle brush for oil-painting

#4 Synthetic bright

New Wave 11 x 15” Neutral Gray Disposable Paper Palette pad

Italian Palette and Painting Knife #17

Val uses shop towels or rags, lots of them, for controlling the amount of paint and medium on her brushes (not too wet, not too dry), and makes sure she cleans her brushes off well before switching to a new colour, in order to keep her colours clean and bright.

Register in advance for this meeting with the awesome folks at OPUS ART SUPPLIES, who are generously hosting this event:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Artist Bio

Val’s previous career as a ballet dancer informs her gestural, lush paintings and energetic drawings.  A 2003 finalist in the Royal Bank Painting Competition, she has received numerous grants and awards, and has been an artist-in-residence at Vermont Studio Centre, St Georges’ Senior School, and Powell River Music Academy. You can find her work in public collections such as Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Canada Council Art Bank, Surrey Art Gallery, and Vancouver General Hospital, as well as private collections in Canada and abroad. Val has enjoyed giving a number of demos for Opus over the years and really loves teaching. She offers a number of painting classes, from absolute beginner to mentoring professionals.



August Painting Workshops and Free Demo at Opus

Hello fellow Painters,

I hope you’re all having a great summer!

I’ve had several requests for workshops so I will be doing a block of three Open Studio classes in August on Saturday mornings. This will be a great opportunity to bring in projects you have been working on for feedback and assistance, or start something new. As usual we will be doing a painting warm-up at the beginning of each class, to get that paint flying and help shift you quickly into creativity mode.

You’ll see that there will be a break partway through the month as I will be giving a free demo at Opus Art Supplies, “Painting Space with Oil Paint” on Granville Island on Saturday August 23 from 2-4 pm. So mark your calendars for that as well!

More info on the demo is here.

The Open Studio session dates and times are below:
Saturday mornings, 10am-1 pm
August 9
August 16
August 30

Location: Val Nelson Studio, #322b-1000 Parker Street, east Vancouver
Fee: Classes are $55 each, including GST. Cash is appreciated.
Please let me know by email if you want to join in:
Warm regards, and happy painting!