What Is The Biggest Colour Mixing Challenge For Artists?

I have spent many years teaching people to paint. During that time, I found the biggest colour mixing  challenge is understanding clearly, why colours give the results they do. For this reason I have developed a series of colour mixing workshops to address this problem.

No More Mud – Colour Mixing Workshops

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The colour mixing challenge is one of the most difficult things an artist  has to do.  Even an artist who has been painting for some while can still have problems with getting just the right colour and there is always more to learn. To begin with, one must learn the basic colour mixing principles which are a lot more complicated than,  yellow and blue make green.

In February and March this year 2017 I will be holding two colour workshops.

In the Introductory Workshop you will learn:
  • The basics—so you can understand why you get a particular colour from different colour combinations.
  • This workshop will give you a strong grounding in the science of colour mixing. Without this basic understanding you will always find it difficult to mix the colour that you want.
  • You will gain colour mixing experience and understand the differences between Primary, Secondary and Tertiary colours.
  • We will take a look at complementary colours and why they are important.
  • You will learn about the differences between tone, colour, hue and why things happen the way they do.
  • This workshop will provide you with a beginning understanding of the colour mixing challenge and set you on your way to controlling colour confidently.

In the Advanced Workshop you will learn:

The second colour workshop will cover more advanced colour mixing knowledge. In order to attend this workshop you will have had to have done the introductory workshop first.

  • More on colour values
  • Mixing dominant and subordinate colour
  • Abstract Complementaries
  • Colour discords
  • Analogous colours and split complementaries
  • The psychology of colour
  • We will look at relationships between colours, how they affect each other and how you can use this to your advantage.

These workshops will be for a full day and will be held on the following dates:

Introductory workshop Sunday February 19th

Advanced workshop Sunday March 5th

HOW MUCH IS MY INVESTMENT? : Full Price $215 for each workshop



Early Bird Payment is $190 each workshop. If you book for both workshops you will receive a further $10 discount on the total. Your total payment therefore will be $370.

A Payment plan is also available. You may spread the payments over 3, monthly payments of $80 per month for each workshop.

TIME: Workshops are from 9am—4pm. It is a full day so you will need to bring lunch. Morning and afternoon tea are provided.

VENUE: Studio 1—60 Maitland Rd, Springfield

WHAT TO BRING: Once you have paid you will receive a follow-up email with details of what you will need to bring. If you have any questions, please call or email me.

NB: When you have booked please email me that you have done so and I will email you a list of the materials you will need to bring.

CONTACT DETAILS: Kadira Ph: 04144 38121 or email kadira@artclassescentralcoast.com


These workshops fill fast!! So if you are contemplating doing it – please don’t think about it too long.

NB: When you make a payment please email me that you have done so and I will email you a list of the materials you will need to bring.


TIMES: Both Workshops are from 9am—4pm. It is a full day so you will need to bring lunch.  Morning and afternoon tea are provided.

VENUE: Studio 1—60 Maitland Rd, Springfield

WHAT TO BRING: Once you have paid your deposit you will receive a follow-up email with details of what you will need to bring.  If you have any questions, please call or email me.

These workshops fill fast!! So if you are contemplating doing it – please don’t think about it too long.

The bank details are below –

Please put your FIRST NAME, LAST INITIAL and the following codes depending on what you are attending ….    WKSHP I, WKSHP II  or BOTH WKSHP on your deposit information.


NAME: Art Classes Central Coast

BANK: (Westpac Erina) 

BSB: 032564

A/C:  255662


If you have any questions — please call me…. Kadira—04144 38121 however please note I will be unavailable to take calls between 7th – 21st April.

I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

What some previous participants had to say about the workshops:
  • “Great place for me to start. Lots of practice to do at home. I will definitely come for more workshops.” Kim C
  • “Definitely informative – practical info that will definitely be used and referred to in class and future art works.  Great to learn basics.”  Stephanie M
  • “Really helpful learning, fun and relaxed environment.  I’d definitely recommend this workshop to others.  The stand out for me? ‘The Book’ – a great reference to keep and the ‘hands on’ which helped to bring the learning to life. ” Marg H

No More Mud – Colour Mixing Workbook

I am excited to announce my first e-book the No More Mud – colour mixing workbook.

This Workbook is a definitive guide to understanding the complexities of colour mixing, in a simple step by step format. It demystifies a subject that has many beginning and self-taught artists shaking their heads at their colour mixing results.

Colour mixing workbook

Working from the colour mixing workbook

There are many hands on exercises to do in the workbook and if you follow them in a sequential order, by the end of the book you will understand how to mix pure, or muddy colours at will.

The workbook looks at the flaws in the 3 primary colour system of mixing colours, promotes the 6 colour system and introduces the concept of colour buddies. The colour buddy system helps you get your head around what is going on ‘ínside’ the colours you are mixing, which leads to integrating the material in a more easily remembered fashion.  

As well as the above basics of colour mixing, the book takes a look at the all important aspect of tone and the nature and use of complementary colours.


This e-book comes in an A6 landscape format and can easily be printed out, cut in half and put together.


This Weeks Question: Do you really understand colour mixing and would you like an easy way to understand it?

Look For Next Week’s Post:An artist’s life is a complex thing.


Colour Workshops

Many things can be learnt from colour workshops.   The weekend before last, this is what we did.  A solid day, six hours of colour theory and practice.  By taking time out to devote to an intense day of colour mixing, you can in the course of a day, get enough of a grasp on the colour principles to become fairly confident about what you are doing.  If you are struggling with colour, then I would strongly recommend you find someone doing a workshop near you and sign up.

Colour theory - Color mixing workshop

Color workshops

Colour theory is something that many aspiring artists spend hours being confused, irritated and despairing over.  Have you ever spent time trying to mix a particular colour only to end up with a mess of mud, over and over.  Well you are not alone there and I suspect that much of the problem lies with looking at the wrong books, poor teaching, watching misleading U Tube videos and mis-labelled paint tubes. Beginning next week, I am going to be starting a series of posts on the basics of colour theory. Below are some more images from the workshop……

Colour workshops

  including some of the colour charts the students did……..

Colour Workshops - Grey scale

Grey and One Colour scales

And mixing colour tints by adding white to a colour….

Mixing tints

Mixing tints

This weeks Question: Is your Colour Theory up to scratch?

Next Thursday’s Post: The Hinchenbrook Passage

Next Monday’s Post: Colour Theory Part One

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Last Sunday I held part two of the ‘No More Mud’ colour workshop series. What a great result.  This was the first time I have presented this workshop and I’m always a bit nervous about offering something new as one never knows quite how it’s going to go.  Will it be long enough, is it too hard or too easy and all those kinds of things?

Here are some photos from the day and what some of the participants had to say about their experience.


Colour Mixing Workshop

Hard at work

‘Really enjoyed it. As I do more with colour I realise that there are many opportunities for me to use what I’ve learnt’ ………Megan Morris


Colour Values Chart

Colour Values Chart


‘Very positive. This has given me a better insight into colour when doing my painting. Yes I would recommend to others’ ……. Jan Lansdowne

Working With Tone And Colour

Working With Tone And Colour


‘Friendly and welcoming environment.  Practical experiences challenged our knowledge and gave us a more thorough  understanding of how colours worked together.’…. Stephanie Muldoon.


Limited Palette Paintings

Limited Palette Paintings

‘Incredibly valuable, a must to progress in pursuing creative expression, I would recommend both workshops 1 and 2,’ … Deborah Lhota

More Tonal Paintings With Colour

More Tonal Paintings With Colour

Thank you everyone who came and took part in making the workshop such a success.  And thank you for your positive comments.


This Weeks Question: What don’t you understand about colour and how can you find the answer to that question?



We had an awesome day during our Colour Workshop at The Arts Barn last week. Much learning, making of mud and also crystal clear colours was achieved on the day. We learnt to how to see the ‘hidden’ colours within other colours and what this means in terms of mixing other colours. We learnt about the double primary colour mixing system and had lots of hands on practice to go with that. Here are some images of the day.

Deborah mixing colours
Deborah exploring Values


Identifying subtle colour shifts
Identifying subtle colour shifts


Working on Graded Colour Scales
Working on Graded Colour Scales


And at the end we had a lucky dip where everyone had to draw 3 colours out of a bag and then mix and match that colour as exactly as possible. I am happy to say that everyone managed this brilliantly and I think surprised themselves at how they managed to do that without much help from me!

Matching Colours
Beautifully matched colours


So all in all it was a great success and everyone is looking forward to the next one .  If you were unable to make it on the day or simply want to know more about how to match your colours accurately,  I will have the the workbook from the workshop available on line before the end of the year.  I don’t have it in a downloadable format yet and while I’m preparing for the next workshop I don’t have time to do the fine tweak.  However after that  – all will be go.  I will keep you posted as to the progress, so keep an eye on this space!!

This is proving to be a very thought provoking exercise – on the subject of secret codes.  The more I delve into the topic the more I realize how much of our lives are coded.  Symbols and symbolism are  forms of coding.  It  is everywhere from language, represented by a huge variety of written alphabets, to street signs and even color and music.  Today’s page in the sketchbook is all about color.

Every color has a particular vibrational wave length.  We live in a vibrational universe where everything from the cells in our bodies to the molecules in the mountains are vibrating – all at different rates, consequently the colors we wear and surround ourselves with affect how we feel and even act.

Over time, different colors have come to symbolize different emotions and states of being. It is well to bear in mind however that culturally not all colors have the same representation .

Sketchbook Project - Color, a page showing the meanings of color

The Meaning Of Colors

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