The Colour Mixing Workshop Part II

This was a great success with a full house on the day.

We worked through some fairly challenging exercises, covering a lot of ground.

Colour Workshop

We tackled colour value relationships and looked at the different Value Keys that a painting can be tied to. Like music, art can be looked at in terms of Keys.In painting we have a Low Key, an Intermediate Key and a High Key and paintings can usually be classified in one of these broad terms. High Key painting for example, is very light all over where as the Low Key painting is generally dark.

Colour Workshop
A colour mixing workshop is a great opportunity to take a look at how colours affect each other and do some fascinating exercises in relation to this. In the example below all the small squares are the same tone and value, however, as you can see, they look quite different depending on the surrounding colours.

Colour mixing workshop,How local colour affects another colour

How local colours affects one another


We then went on to working with complementary greys and, using complementary colours, did some exercises involving dominant and subordinate colour.

The latter part of the workshop was taking up with learning about the Analogous colour wheel and split complementary colours for painting. We also did some other colour exercises which included working with all the knowledge they had gained on the day and implementing it.

Colour Workshop


This Weeks Question: Do you have a good grasp on colour mixing and if not, what might you do about that? 

Look For Next Week’s Post: Review of ‘The Greats’ exhibition at the NSW Art Gallery

Colour Mixing Complementary Colours

For this subject, colour mixing complementary colours I thought I’d do something easy, like take a short video of me working.  Well it was a great idea, but as so often happens with great ideas, they don’t quite work out the way you thought they would.  You know all the technical things you don’t think of.

So …. here’s me thinking – I’ll just take a quick video with my iPhone – lots of people do it – how hard can it be?

  • Only trouble with that, is then you want to edit it – so of course I’m looking for the Windows movie editing program
  • Find it and install it, only to discover they have taken pretty much anything useful out of it now.
  •  Then begins a search for a previous version I can download.  Yes I found it, installed it and there’s still problems.
  • By the end of the day most of them were ironed out and in walks my partner who tells me, after my explanation of the day’s frustrations, that he has a movie editing program unused in a box in his office!!!  Grrrr…. Oh Thank you so much !!!! LOL!
Colour Mixing complementary colours, Frustration Hits

Frustration Hits


  • So then begins a vertical curve of installing and learning the new program!
  • Finally all done and rendered only to find volume track – too loud , TWICE!

So please look kindly upon this first offering from my studio. Here it is warts (mistakes) and all. All perfectionists – Don’t Watch!  I’m on a learning curve here folks!

This video only shows the mixing of the colours.  Below are some close ups of the painting once the colour was added.


Complementary colour mixing

Complementary colour mixing


Colour Mixing complementary colours



This Weeks Question: Are you letting mistakes hold you back?

Look For Next Thursday’s Post:  An exhibition worth taking a look at.


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