Ask the Masters: Composition & Color

Thursday, September 16th

5:00-6:00pm MDT (7-9pm EDT)


Composition & Color  (Art Critiques)


SUBMIT an image of your work 🖼️ for the chance to be critiqued, LIVE, by the masters! See details below.


  • What are the top 3 RULES of composition and when can I break them?
  • How do I use color to enhance the story I'm telling through my artwork?
  • How do I guide the viewer into my painting and keep them there?
  • What the heck is negative painting and why does it matter?

Many experienced artists struggle with creating a balanced composition and using color well, is TRICKY!

❌ Get composition and color WRONG, and you'll lose the attention of the viewer quickly

✔️ Get it RIGHT, and people will have a positive & powerful emotional response to your artwork that will keep them coming back for more

Want to get LIVE feedback from a Master on YOUR painting?

SUBMIT a high-quality image of your work, along with a reference photo, to Earn.It@LevellingUp.ca. We'll select five paintings to receive live critique by LU's Master Artists during this event (artists must be in attendance).

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Learn from LU's panel of successful & experienced Masters

Deborah Tilby, Doug Swinton & Victor Wang

Always LIVE & INTERACTIVE. Bring your questions!


🚩 FREE TICKETS for LU Members!

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🎙️Event recording available for LU Members Only

Meet Deborah Tilby

Oil Master Artist

Light and shadow are what initially draw me to a subject; the challenge of capturing the mood, time of day, and season in a representational yet loose way is what keeps me painting. My aim, whether it be in the studio or in the field, is to use color as I see it, with a particular fondness for neutrals and earth colors, soft violets, rusts, and greens. The way the paint goes on is equally as important as what I mix on the palette; my intention is to indicate and represent, without becoming bogged down in the minutiae.

Weathered boats, old brick, and textured stone, crashing waves and trees in every season, all afford me the opportunity to explore my interpretation of textures with both brush and knife work.

Accomplishing what I intend never ceases to be difficult, fascinating, and deeply fulfilling. It keeps me painting almost daily!

“I am passionate about my work; I truly love it and paint every day.  Painting is a challenge, but always fascinating and deeply fulfilling.”

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Meet Doug Swinton

Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour, and Graphite Master Artist

I never really intended to make art a career it just keeps happening. Maybe it’s living in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and being surrounded by the spectacular landscape. Maybe it’s that my mom was always in the kitchen painting wicker baskets of bright fruit with Chianti wine bottles, or may it was all the doodles and drawings that adorned each and every page of my math book. But somehow, art has now become my career.

Since my childhood, drawing and painting have always played an important role in my life. A big part of me never really left kindergarten. I still live for the “Hey Mom, look what I  made!” I think exhibiting in galleries is just a bit of an extension of that. Canada couldn’t be a better place to live. But for me as an artist, the close proximity of the prairies, foothills, and mountains of Alberta makes my home province a never-ending dream. I’ve been lucky, and have painted in many countries, but to me, there is still nothing more beautiful than a cold beer and a hot Calgary summer sunset.

Art is not a living; it’s living the art.

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Artwork by Doug Swinton


Meet Victor Wang

Acrylic, Oil, & Graphite Master Artist

The human figures in my paintings represent the emotional tension and psychological drama of life’s turning points. The blend of luminous color and buttery texture evoke the enigmatic environment where these moments of meditation originate. I have interwoven the sunflower – a symbol throughout my life embodying both sorrow and joy and collaged images from China’s Tang Dynasty – a signature of my heritage into my paintings.

I am influenced recently by the way Auguste Rodin used clay to model figures, In his Sculpture contains expression and dramatic body language and through his marvelous clay marks making we could sense of inner emotions and feelings. So I have tried to treat my color paints as clay to build up the form on canvas.  The thickness of the paint evokes a sculptural physicality and multi-level quality.

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Event Details

Date: September 16, 2021

Start time: 05:00 p.m. MDT

End time: 06:00 p.m. MDT

Venue: Online

Email: earn.it@levellingup.ca

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