Color and Composition
Taught by Karen Lynn Ingalls
To be given online, Saturday-Sunday, March 28-29,
with online follow-ups
How many times have you been stuck on a painting, not knowing just what it was that wasn't working? Frustrating, isn't it?
In this workshop, you'll get specific, practical tools and know-how to help you create compelling color and compositions. You'll be able to identify what makes a painting work, and know how to fix it when it's not.
You'll start out by learning all about choosing the colors of your palette, and learning how to make them work together well.
Next you'll learn about basic principles of composition, design, and color in context, and see examples clearly illustrating each principle, so you can put them into practice in your own paintings.
You will learn:
Whether you paint landscapes, still lifes, portraits, or abstracts, or work in any other genre, the same principles apply. When you make better compositions and know how to work with color, you'll make better paintings!
We'll also conduct this as kind of a clinic for paintings – you'll learn how to diagnose their ailments, and be able to prescribe treatments. Bring two or three of your own paintings that aren't working, any photographs you have of your sources for each painting, and one or two canvases on which you can work out new solutions to the painting or paintings of your choice.
You can also bring your own photographs and sketches as resources for new paintings you'd like to work on. (Contact Karen if you'd like to do this with work in a medium other than acrylics, such as water-mixable oils, pastels, watercolors, or colored pencils. Though these principles apply to oil paints, too, for toxicity reasons, you won't be able to bring oil paints to work with.)
Note: This is about problem-solving, not about judgement. You'll also learn how to solve a painting's problems without the judgements of your inner critic.
And you'll go home with Karen's mini-book on Color and Composition — a "toolbox" of solutions — specific, practical tools and know-how — that you can use to get out of, and avoid, those painting predicaments from here on out. Join us, and learn how to create paintings with truly compelling compositions and color!
Click here to download
the 2020 Color and Composition flyer.
Date: Saturday and Sunday,
March 28-29, with follow-ups to be announced (probably April 4-5, and possibly a day in between)
Time: 10:00 AM - 1PM Pacific Time
1 hour Break for lunch or dinner
Continue 2PM - 5PM Pacific Time
Location: Your home studio / creative space and online (you'll receive a link to the meeting room online)
Cost: Reduced prices for participants as we take this online for the first time!
$175 (regularly $195) for CAC members and $200 (regularly $220) for non-members. Includes Karen's mini-book on Color and Composition, which you can use as an ongoing reference and resource.
Set up your painting space ahead of time, so you're all set to go when we meet on Saturday.
Your choice of painting materials! Though each medium has its own particulars as to methods of application, these principles apply to them all.
Maximum of 12 people;
minimum of 4.
Sign up early to ensure your place! You can register online here:
For more information, call Karen Lynn Ingalls at (707) 942-0197.
Download Materials List here.
The tools you'll come home with apply to abstract paintings, too!