October 26 & 27

Hours 10am – 4pm


Location: Rene’s Studio / NW Portland
MAP included with registration

A NEW 2-day format for this fun and fast paced workshop. Limited participation — sign up now!

Strengthen your paintings with simple color theory, using value (dark vs light) and intensity (bright vs dull) to create mood. Learn to mix watercolor and paint with confidence to create pure, luminous color instead of mud.

Study pigment qualities; opacity, transparency, staining and granulating to familiarize yourself with varying paint characteristics.

Master colorful blacks and expressive neutral tones.

Explore creative color palettes and how to increase color harmony and diversity in your work. Practice and Play combine in this lively color workshop. All levels of experience welcome.

Day 1

Gain a better grasp of color and how to use it to your advantage. Understanding how color frees us to focus on other aspects of our art.
Exercises and demonstrations will make all this easier to digest.

— Learn the language of color
— Explore pigment properties
— Get to know your color families
— Mix and use paint color triads
— Understand the advantage of the split palette
— Study how watercolor application affects color
— Understanding value and intensity – the key to using color — Create beautiful grays and blacks
— Play with color strategies

Day 2

You will use your broader understanding of color by applying it to alter how you work.
We will approach this with several group exercises followed by one-on one discussions with Rene about where you want to take your art from here.

— Use color to unify by underpainting or by glazing — Use harmonious and discordant color
— Free yourself with a limited palette
— Consider color scheme options

— Paint light & shadow
— Paint a white subject
— Push color into the expressive as you use creative color