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 FOR FIRST WORKSHOP: Closes Feb 5th.

EARLY BIRD PAYMENT FOR SECOND WORKSHOP:  Closes Feb

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.

kadira@artclassescentralcoast.com

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
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Get your Hidden insights, into the creative process now

In gaining hidden insights into the creative process we have to consider the fact that we all process differently. What works for one person may not work for you or I. Of course has been much written about the process of creativity. There are however several key steps in this process regardless of whether you are creating a large project, a painting, design whatever it might be.

 

1.The Seed

It begins with a thought, an idea, the seed, which you have to act on. It’s a risk because you don’t know if it’s going to work but you have to go for it if you believe in it.

2. Mulling It Over

Next step can be to throw the idea out to someone else, friends, community, your mentor,  the people who are going to support you on your journey. Engage and involve them. You might not take this step at this point for a simple thing like a painting, however it might be good to take if you are thinking about putting an exhibition together with a whole series of works. Discussing your ideas with someone helps to flush them out and gives you a chance to make course corrections and so on.

3. Be A Sponge.

The creative process does not happen in a vacuum. In order to create we need input which then equals output. At this stage, you need to act like a sponge, soaking up many different ideas. Look at different mediums, other artists, go to galleries, look in magazines or trawl Pinterest. Our minds often put disparities together to create a new and wonderful thing. If there’s nothing in there to put together then you get nothing coming out. Zero IN = zero or garbage OUT!

4. Crafting

In the stage you are building the skeleton. Is the armature that everything hangs off. If you don’t have a strong foundation to your idea it will collapse. Therefore establishing structure is very important. I often use mind mapping at this point to get my creative juices flowing in some useful and quirky directions.

5. The Shadow

It is at about this time that your shadow will arrive. Fear, dread, doubt, and many other nasty little negatives will pop up, all determined to derail you. This is when you are ready to throw in the towel and that nasty little voice in your head, will try to convince you that there are a thousand reasons why you should do so, all seeming to be quite plausible. I find this stage turns up no matter what the creative thing is that I’m doing. Every painting I’ve ever painted has gone through a patch where I felt – it’s not working, it’ll never be any good, and you might as well quit while you’re ahead.

FEAR SHADOW photo

These are the first five hidden insights into the creative process. There are five more to come which I will place in next week’s Post. It is often a good thing to know where in the creative process you actually are, particularly when you get to the shadow part. To recognise this is where you are and deal with it accordingly can certainly speed up your progress.  We will explore this further next week.

This Weeks Question: Do you have any hidden insights into your own creative process you’d like to share?

Look For Next Week’s Post: More on creative Process – well my process – an update on emerging works.

 

Photo by mripp

So where am I up to with current artworks?
After completing the last of the artworks in the Mythic Journey series, I took a short break while I was considering where to go next in terms of the work.

This however did not mean that I stopped painting. When unsure of what to paint it is often best to just keep painting. Well how does one do that? One way is to work totally intuitively. How does one begin that?

One way is to simply draw some lines on the canvas – like this.

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And then begin throwing some colour at it. This drawing was the starting point for what turned out to be three different works, each of the subsequent works being based on the previous one. In the image below, I am working up a base using Acrylic paints.

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Enchanted Dreams – progress 1

 

More paint is added to the underpainting, still using Acrylics

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Enchanted Dreams – progress 2

 

Then I took out the oil paints and proceeded to work back into the painting, developing what I could see there already. You may have to look hard to see some of the changes as they are subtle.

 

Enchanted Dreams - progress 3

Enchanted Dreams – progress 3

 

And here is the finished work….

Enchanted Dreams

Enchanted Dreams Oil and Acrylic on canvas 24″x 22″ $900

 

Some quite big changes can now be seen.

This Weeks Question: What works do you have in progress at the moment?  Are you exploring any new techniques?? 

Look For Next Monday’s Post: More on ‘The Biz of Art”

Lessons from a Travel Diary II

Travelling and The Creative Process…..

Well isn’t all of life a journey really? Aren’t we travelling through the cosmos on a huge ball of matter, hurtling along at incredible speeds? It’s all about perspective really.

Travelling through the cosmos

Travelling through the cosmos

Our exterior journey reflects the interior journey. One of the great things about travelling and the development of your creativity is that it offers you a different perspective and not just the obvious things like, culture, scenery and customs. It also takes you out of your comfort zone, away from the familiar, which can totally unnerve you or you can surrender to the adventure of it all and dive into the new world you find yourself within.

Travelling  through the world

Travelling through the world

I don’t know about you, but I always find myself  so charged up and eager to create when I come back from my travels.  I think this is what Julia Cameron has in mind when she asks you to take yourself on an Artist Date every week.  It is like a mini vacation, a small hiccup taking us from the humdrum of life into the possibility of discovering something extraordinary. After all, as artists and creators, is that not what we are trying to accomplish when we birth a creation, be it a book, a film, a poem or an artwork? Aren’t we offering others a small step into the alternate universe of the world we have created?

So travelling allows us to bring back a bit of something else from somewhere else.  To add to our creative store house in the castle of our memory. Here are some snippets of things I’ve bought back with me from this trip. You can focus on the big…

Travelling, Old Puriri Tree

Old Puriri Tree

From the Macrocosm to the Microcosm…. or the detail, each have something to offer and a different kind of beauty in their own way.

Travelling, Bleaced Leaves and Weathered Wood

Bleached Leaves and Weathered Wood

 

Look at the amazing, subtle tones and colours in this picture above, of flotsam washed up on the beach. The things in Nature, always complement each other so beautifully.

This Weeks Question: By travelling to somewhere new this week, what can you find in Nature to be amazed by?  Please share your thoughts below.

Look For Next Thursday’s Post: News From The Studio

Image Creds:

Photo by WikiImages (Pixabay)

Photo by Hermann (Pixabay)

 

Creativity Conversations

To continue with last week’s conversation – I wanted to share some of the thoughts that came up this week as we explored ideas for our video bytes.  One of the key points in our conversation was the following thought….

‘It’s process, it’s all about process’

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Now what does that mean?  Well that small word actually encompasses several different ideas.

  • The first step in any process begins in the mind
  • Process can mean the actual steps in a task that one takes to do something
  • It also encompasses the whole entirety of a task in all its facets
  • Being a creative person is not just about each piece that you create, it is also about your entire journey and development as an artist.
  • When you look back on that journey, can you identify major Y forks in the road where a certain decision has led you down a particular path?
  • If you had your time over, would you do the same thing again and if not why not?

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  • Are you a recording artist, a live performer  or a combination of both? Why do you do what you do?

 

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  • Are you a plein air painter or a studio artist? What is important about your process?

This week’s question:  What is YOUR process and how well does it serve you?

Look For Thursday’s Post:  Somewhere in the heart contd.

Next Monday’s Post: Mental Health Art awards – exhibition

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

 

 

 

 

Photo by christian.senger

How relevant is creativity to you?

There is so much talk about creativity these days, it has become the latest buzz word. First, everyone was on about innovation and now they are swinging the creativity axe.

Some businesses are even beginning to have creative think tanks and the more forward thinking ones are scheduling time for honing creativity skills, as they realize that
a. Creativity drives Innovation – and
b. That to keep up commercially these days requires Innovation in a market that is changing faster than anyone can keep up with.

How is this relevant to us as individuals? If you run your own small business how relevant is creativity? Consider this – there will always be some kind of competition out there. So how do you grab your slice of the pie? And if you are an artist – even though you may not think of yourself like this – you are a business person.  You run a small business.

The trick is to think differently. Don’t do what everyone else is doing. As Edward de Bono said, “You cannot dig a hole in a different place by digging the same hole deeper.”

Here are some ideas –
• Instead of looking at the problem straight on, come at it from a different angle. We have a technique in drawing called negative shape drawing.
• Take a look at this well-known picture below.

How Relevant Is Creativity - a different point of view

What do you see?

Can you see the white vase?  Most people can.  However can you see the two faces looking at each other?  This requires that you focus on the black space rather than the white one.  Therefore in problem solving ask your self what might my black space look, feel or sound like in relation to the issue I’m attempting to solve.  You must identify what your black space looks like.

This Week’s Question: How relevant is creativity to your life??

Look For Thursday’s Post: Heart Dancer – who is she?

Next Monday’s Post: How relevant is creativity?

Posted by : Kadira Jennings

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