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Colour Expression

Good Morning,

Welcome to this week's blog which continues the theme of using colour in painting.

There is a lovely painting called 'Grey Day, Sunset ' which is a great example of colour and mood.

The wax, scrunch & painting workshop at the weekend was great fun. There was plenty of creativity and activity using a range of medium. 

Due to the exhibition, open day and other commitments there are no workshops in July. The next is on August 6th which is 'drawing skills', it is a morning session only.

Check out the Adult Workshop page for upcoming workshops in August.

Only three weeks to go to the open day and exhibition, I'm becoming very excited as is Murphy. We hope you can make it to the mini Arts Festival day/ weekend.





One of the most important aspects of colour is that it is emotive. It stimulates all our senses not just our eyes. Colour can be used to suggest and accentuate the mood of a painting, as well as create an emotional response in the mind of the viewer. It can be used directly and dramatically to provoke a strong response, or in a more subtle way.

Using Colour to suggest Mood

Colours can trigger a flow of images, sounds and emotions. Blue makes us think of sky and sea, mountains and streams. Depending on the context in which it is used in an image, it can denote freshness and lightness, or melancholy and alienation. Yellow conjures up images of sunshine and summer flowers- but it can also be a strong, harsh acidic colour.

Warm ( red & yellow) colours denote vitality, life vigour and strength. Cool ( blue & green)  colours impart more passive, restful emotions.

The tone of a colour also play a part.

Red is a vital, dynamic colour. It can become desaturated by being mixed with white until it is a soft, romantic pink. The pale, desaturated blue that is associated with coolness and tranquillity can be vibrant in its pure state that it has a strong as effect as red.


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