Want to learn more ways of thinking about, looking at and mixing colour?

Painting by Maggie Renner Hoffmann, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Maggie Renner Hellmann calls her inspiring painting course weeks at the Watermill Courageous Color Workshops and vibrant colour is at the heart of her stunning paintings. (As Oscar Wilde wrote in 1887: “We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.” So, when Maggie is speaking or writing, we will use the word color and when I’m writing you get a bonus u: colour!)

Maggie’s pictures above shows how courageous you can be. She has sent us a few tips on mixing colour, which we are happy to pass on to you. These tips apply to oils, acrylics and watercolours — and on Maggie’s course you have a choice of the medium in which you want to paint. Maggie says: “First, consider these four variables in color choices and mixing: Temperature, Value, Intensity, Complement. That is: Warmer vs. cooler, / lighter vs. darker, / more intense vs. duller, / complementary vs. analogous.

Temperature. Is the color you need basically a warm color or a cool color? Warm colors are Red, Orange & Yellow. Cool colors are Blue, Green and Purple. You can also have temperature shifts within a single color, like a cool blue versus a warm blue. Colors in the sun tend to be warmer, while colors in the shade tend to be cooler. Observe these shifts in nature. Cooler colors tend to recede, warmer colors tend to come forward. This concept can be used to create depth.”

Here is Maggie’s magnificent picture of Venice, in wonderful glowing colour:

Painting by Maggie Renner Hellmann, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Here are the other variables in colour choices and mixing:

Value. On a scale from 1-10, if 1= black and 10= white, what is the rough value of the color you need. Is it in the light? Or is it in shadow? Group your colors in sunlight together at the higher numbers on the scale 7, 8 and 9. Group your colors in shadow at the lower numbers on the scale 3, 4 and 5. Objects have less contrast in their values as you move back into the distance. And more contrast as you move forward. This can also, used to create depth.

Intensity. Is the color you’re mixing part of the focal area? If so, it might want to be a more vibrant or intense color. Or is the color you’re mixing part of the background, or of non-focal point areas? If so, you might choose to make this color less intense or duller. If the area you are painting is closer to the viewer, the color would normally appear more intense than the same colored object further away. This can also, be used to create depth.

Complementary or Analogous Color. Complementary colors, (opposites on the color wheel) when used next to each other display a higher energy. Analogous colors (colors next to each other on the color wheel) are softer in energy when used next to each other. Decide if and where you might want high energy, like at a focal point. Or if and where you want a soft energy in your painting.

“Always ask yourself these 4 main questions when you begin to mix a color. It is the artist’s choices here that determine the direction and style of a painting. Observe nature and make your choices with confidence! It’s your loves and energies tempered with foundational knowledge that will shine through as a result” 

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
A warm and colourful demonstration by Maggie of the Watermill courtyard.

Maggie adds: “Painting is a combination of observation, interpretation and creativity. Learn the tools of the trade and then, Go for it with passion! ️

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Great tips, but you really need to see Maggie in action, hear her tips and then put into practice these tips in your own painting. So why not join her on one (or both) her inspiring Watermill Courageous Colo(u)r Workshops at the Watermill next year? Maggie will be joining us from Saturday 12 September to Saturday 19 September 2020 and from Saturday 19 September to Saturday, 26 September 2020. You can find out more about Maggie and her courses by clicking here.

If you book your place now, you can take advantage of our special Early Bird Discount Offer: £75 (English pounds) off each of these courses if you book before the end of this year. Join us in colo(u)rful Tuscany!

Painting by Maggie Renner Hoffmann, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
A wonderful sunflower painting by Maggie

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