Colour Mixing

At the still-life acrylic workshop with Melanie Cambridge last Saturday, she explained to us about using different combinations of colours to achieve different effects within a painting. I wrote down all the combinations and have googled some images which help make sense of the colours that could be used.

Melanie first explained that we’re used to using complimentary colours, which are opposite on a colour wheel, often of a primary colour and a secondary colour. We mix them together, or to make the colours appear vibrant, we paint them next to each other.





If we move on to use analogous colours next to each other, then a painting will look harmonious. This is because the colours are adjacent to each other on the colour wheel, so are very similar but slightly different. The colours can be a primary, secondary and a tertiary colour, or any 3 adjacent.




Then there is the triadic palette which uses colours that are evenly spaced on the colour wheel.



Lastly, Melanie explained about the Zorn palette of colours.

Named after Anders Zorn, a famous Swedish artist who lived from 1860 to 1920. Zorn did use a range of colours in his landscapes, as he used blue for water and sky, but he used only 4 colours to paint most of his portraits.

A couple of the exact colours are no longer available, such as lead white or flake white, but modern equivalents suggested are…Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red and Ivory Black.

These four colours can be mixed together to make all skin tones needed, as the colour chart of the Zorn palette shows.

Screen Shot 2017-10-29 at 19.21.04

As an example, this portrait was painted in 1899 by Anders Zorn, and is of Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th President of the USA.

Screen Shot 2017-10-29 at 19.48.19

November & December 2017

How are your paintings for our Open Day coming along?  Susan is designing the advertising poster so if you have paintings you’d like featured, please email photos to her a.s.a.p.


Wednesday 8th     7-9pm    –    Preparing for our Open Day

Finish any paintings that you will be displaying at our Open Day in a couple of weeks. If you’ve already finished your paintings feel free to bring along frames to string or unframed work to mount, wrap and label.


Friday 24th     7-9pm*   –   Handing in paintings and hanging

We would be grateful for a few volunteers (with scissors!) to help with hanging.

Please do not come before 7pm as we need to set up receiving tables before this time.

Framed work – up to 6 per member, ready to hang with cord/wire across the back, for sale or not. Please do this as we have frames handed in every year that are not strung across the back so cannot be put up on the wall.

Mounted work – no limit, in clear plastic sleeves, ready to be placed in a browser. All browser work must be for sale, as visitors expect to buy from the browsers.

All work must have a label with your name, title, medium used, £ price, or NFS. The label should be on the front of the painting or plastic cover of browser work, or a luggage label is okay hanging from a frame. There are paintings every year that do not have labels on…we do not know who they belong to, so please label everything!

We do not charge commission, so please price at the amount you would like for your work.

The group and the hall do not have insurance, so if you’re concerned about loss or damage, you need to arrange your own cover. If you’re a member of the SAA, please check with them as to what cover you have.

(*GAG members – Tracy QP will send you a separate email)


Saturday 25th      10-3.30pm    –    Open Day

Come along and ‘do your own thing’ today, like a normal Saturday, but with our work on display. Visitors come between 10.30am-2.30pm to see what we create during our arty sessions, and we hope you will be happy to chat to anyone who shows an interest in your work.

If you see visitors waiting by the kitchen hatch for a cup of tea, please make them one, even if you don’t know them. Also, wash up any cups or plates so we have enough all the time, and keep the biscuit plate topped up too.

If anyone wants to buy a painting please send them to Tracy Q-P and if there are any membership enquiries, ask them to talk to Susan E.

The fee for today is £6.00, no need to book.



Wednesday 13th    6.30 – 9pm    –    Party

As usual we will be having our traditional party. Your family is welcome too. Drink will be provided but please bring along a plate of food to share.

If you can help organise the evening and/or have any quiz ideas, please let us know.

Dress in your best Christmas jumpers and hats!

Please let us know if you are coming and if you are bringing a guest.

There will be no Saturday meeting in December, but please put Wednesday 10th January in your diaries, as it will be our first meeting of 2018.






Try Something New

Patrick brought along his finished piece from our recent ‘Try Something New’ session.

He used black watercolour pencil on 220g cartridge paper then sprayed it with fixative.

Maybe this will inspire you to have a go.


Wet In Wet Autumn Leaves October 2017

Although we were very low on numbers we managed to produce some beautiful work.

So interesting to see the many different colours that are around at this time of year. The group worked very hard to achieve these results. There was definitely a high level of concentration. For some of us this involved working on a much smaller scale and using much smaller brushes than we would normally use. Many different mediums were used.