Designing a Great Painting with Barbara Cadario

November 28, 2020


When: Nov 28, 2020 11:00 AM Vancouver

Join Barbara as she shares a multitude of design principles that can be used to enhance the design of your paintings. Barbara will explain and demonstrate simple design concepts that will visually support what one is trying to express through art. Topics will include, but are not limited to, ways of leading the eye through a painting using focal point placement, lines and colour. The work of famous artists, both Old Masters and contemporary artists, will be used to illustrate these principles. While Barbara will use water-soluble oil paints for the live painting portion of her demonstration, the techniques she will cover are easy to apply to painting in any medium. Similarly, these techniques are universally valuable; regardless of whether you paint still life, landscapes, figures or “abstracts”.


Masterson StayWet palette (12×16)

Grey Palette Paper (12×16)

Water-Soluble Oil Paint (either Holbein Aqua Duo or Royal Talens Cobra)

  • Titanium White
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Cadmium Yellow Deep
  • Cadmium Red Light
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Phthalocyanine Blue

Gamblin Solvent-Free Fluid

Gamblin Safflower Oil

Various brushes and Painting knives that suit your preferences

  • Brushes: Barbara is currently using the medium-stiff Opus Fortissimo line of natural hog hair brushes in filbert/bright shapes and assorted sizes.
  • Painting Knife: Barbara is currently using a knife similar to the Liquitex #13 Small Painting Knife

Opus Art Board

Opus Deep canvases

Masters’ Brush Cleaner and Preserver

Blue nitrile gloves

Register in advance for this meeting:

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


Artist Bio

Barbara Cadario is a Vancouver artist who enhanced her creativity while achieving a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She has been creating oil paintings since the age of 9 and likes to work in watercolour and acrylic as well. Frequent themes in her work are freedom and beauty, represented symbolically by an attention to light and colour. Her paintings can be found in collections in Canada, the USA and the United Kingdom. Teaching art is one of her passions. For more information, see




November 28, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm