Happy New Year

Happy New Year to You All.

New Years Resolutions are always hard to keep, from eating less chocolate or drinking less alcohol to getting fitter and eating more healthier.  Mine, as I am sure many of yours, flounder after a few weeks of good intentions.

We should be more realistic and make a resolution for something that we enjoy doing, like…

Painting more between classes, sketch each day or every other day perhaps, or just to try to slow down when we start painting, and think more about the process, and not trying to get to the finish too quickly and become disappointed with the end result.  Trying to understand why things happen and allow yourself time to practice it again to improve it.

One of the things that is asked many times in class, is how do I mix this colour?  Why is my colour mucky? why are my colours different to the ones you mix? and so on.

Colour Mixing is an art in itself, and one not to be dismissed too quickly. Knowing your colours and how to create glowing, clean watercolours, are an essential part of painting and making your work stand out proud.

I enjoy colour mixing, the challenge of getting the colour right by mixing with a limited palette from blue, red and yellow, the 3 primary colours rather than from a pre-mixed colour that you can buy.

Greens are particularly difficult to get just so, some pre mixed greens are not natural at all, and many greens that are more natural have only been made from the colours you have in your everyday colour palette.

If you are struggling with colours and want to create better mixes and understand your colour palette better why not attend my ‘Colour Mixing Skills in Watercolour’ Workshop on the 17th January at Cartwheels Craft Centre, Merrymeet.

Start the New Year Off getting to grips with colour mixing and enjoy the rest of the year producing better results and have a better understanding of colour.

Spaces are limited so please contact me, or Julia at Cartwheels soon.

Email: cartwheelscraftcentre@hotmail.co.uk
Tel: 01579 343675P1100864

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mike erith
    Jan 08, 2015 @ 06:33:20

    Happy New Year to you!

    Thanks for your updates. Sorry haven’t managed to get to any classes with you. Fridays are often busy as I go away several weekends. I still do a portrait and life drawing class in Plymouth Wednesdays, which I enjoy and seem to be improving slowly. Just returned from visiting my son in Tokyo and hope to go back to see the spring blossom, and may be inspired to paint the scenic parks! Camilla in bloom now, so will drop some off to you one day if frost stays away. Will be in Manchester 17th Jan so will miss workshop but thank you for invitation. Best wishes Mike

    Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 19:25:49 +0000 To: mikeerith@hotmail.com

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  2. Alf Oliver
    Jan 11, 2015 @ 16:37:23

    Dear Yvette thank you for your good wishes a Happy New Year to you and all your family. Sorry I will not be in class tomorrow as we are still in the U S A. We fly home tomorrow. Look forward to seeing you all next week. Best wishes Ann.

    Alf Oliver alfoliver@me.com 01503 265162 07974 190879

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