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June 6-8 2014888J une 21-23

Paint Colour Into Your Life  

with Wendy Murphy

Colour is one of the most seductive things we have in our lives.  From an artistic aspect it’s an incredibly powerful tool because we cannot only transform an otherwise potentially dull scene by introducing more imaginative colour but we can create a whole mood through our use of it. In order to use colour creatively it is important to understand the basic principles of mixing colours.  The aim of this course is to encourage:-

*  Using colour emotionally, enabling the artist to create a mood or atmosphere in his/her work.

*  To use colour to liven up and add a touch of magic to the subject matter, thus creating     interest and excitement.

*  To understand the basic rudiments of tonal values and learning to mix colour.

This course  is suitable for all levels, from complete beginners to experienced artists, with tuition and guidance being very much geared up for individual needs.


PAINTS:  I  recommend acrylics for practical reasons.  A simple basic set is okay but ideally the following colours would give you more potential:

Essential:   Burnt Umber, Ultramarine, White, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Lemon Yellow, Cerelean Blue (or Cobalt), Vermillion (or Cadmium Red).

Useful:       Crimson, Naples Yellow, Raw Sienna, Viridian, Sap Green, Raw Umber, Black.

When using acrylics virtually any surface is alright to paint on such as paper, board, or canvas, but ideally it should be primed with a water-based primer or household emulsion paint.

BRUSHES:  Both hog and softer brushes can be used (they don’t have to be expensive).  I would recommend larger and medium sized rather than small fiddly sizes.

You will also need a palette for mixing - (large paper plates are a good idea) and a container for water.  Some charcoal and/or pencil and some fixative or hairspray are also useful.


Wendy Murphy moved to Wales in 1990 where she has since worked as a professional painter and teacher, having taught adult education classes, art societies, painting holiday students and lecturing at Coleg Merion-Dwyfor in Gwynedd.

She has won several prestigious prizes for her painting, having been twice 1st prize British National winner in the John Laing Landscape painting competition and twice 1st prize winner in the Welsh Open, Moma Wales art competition. In 2004 she won 1st prize in 'The Spirit of Llyn' art competition and has appeared on television in a programme featuring the National Eisteddfod of Wales. She exhibits her work throughout the UK including London and Cardiff. Examples are available at Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw(go to gallery - then the name Murphy under artists initials), and here at the Albany


She draws her inspiration from things around her in her everyday life, the hill farms and rustic cottages and from walking in the Welsh hills.

5pm Friday to lunch Sunday

Cost including accommodation and full board:   £225 per person

Full Board non-residential:  £175

Maximum 8 participants