A colour wheel with a difference: join Vicki to learn more — and capture the colours of Tuscany

Where do the earth pigments fit on the colour wheel? That’s the question that has been posed to Watermill painting tutor Vicki Norman by several of her students. It led her to spend a very enjoyable afternoon making the colour wheel above from her Michael Harding paints.

Vicki says: “I placed each tube in spectrum order around the wheel with ‘duplicate’ hues placed around the outside of the wheel, aligned directly behind a colour if they were of the same hue, though made from different pigments, or perhaps with different tonal value or saturation level. “

She adds: “I have received enquiries about where the earth pigments would belong on this wheel. Basically, they mostly fit between the bright yellows and the purple reds. Some earths are low saturation yellows (Ochres for example), browns are low saturation oranges (Burnt Sienna or Burnt Umber) and red-browns are low saturation reds (Transparent Oxide Red, Indian red), Raw Umber has a green-ish note to it but most of the others fit between the yellows and the reds.”

Here’s a close-up of some of the greens and blues to give you an idea.

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

To learn more and savour the delights of painting in Tuscany in the early summer, why not join Vicki for her course here?

She will be with us from Saturday 20 June to Saturday 27 June, teaching in oils and watercolours en plein air. Here’s a comment from one of our guests on Vicki’s week last year: “An excellent painting and holiday week. All the trips out to painting locations were well organised and Vicki was very good as a teacher and an inspiration due to her wonderful paintings.”

Vicki specialises in painting on location. She will teach primarily in oils and watercolours, but is happy to help with other mediums, too. You can find out more about her and her course by clicking here.

Painting by Vicki Norman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Vicki’s paintings seek to capture the essence of the day and the sense of place through the colour and play of the light. You can see this in the Italian study above of the Apuan Alps, the stunning marble mountains of Carrara, which you will also paint during your Watermill week with Vicki. She says; “I wanted to record the colours of the hills as they receded. The bright yellow of the ginestra at the front contrasted beautifully with the lilac of the marble- capped mountains behind. I knew if I could capture the colours of the moment, I could use them for subsequent studio paintings at home.”

Painting by Vicki Norman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Here’s another lovely Vicki painting, entitled First light on the vineyard.

Why not join Vicki and paint the glorious Tuscan countryside bathed in sunlight? We already have eight people booked into Vicki’s inspiringcourse, so now is the time to reserve your place and avoid disappointment! We would love to welcome you to the Watermill and to the unspoiled scenery that surrounds it.

Vicki Norman

Vicki Norman
20 – 27 June 2020 – still a few places
Oils and watercolours (and other mediums)
To learn more about Vicki and her course at the mill, please visit her 2020 Profile Page.

Painting by Vicki Norman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
An oil painting by Vicki called September in Posara

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