Mt Wilson: Symphony of Colour

In this scene nature has taken great swathes of the colour pallete - reds, yellows, greens and blues and thrown them together with joyful exuberance!

Bebeah Garden at Mt. Wilson, about 2 hours west of Sydney.
An original Australian Landscape by Peter Inglis.

Bebeah Garden at Mt. Wilson, about 2 hours west of Sydney.
My original photograph

Look at the colour wheel below and see how much of it is mapped in this small slice of the sky.

I took the original photograph in April 2016 at Bebeah Garden, Mt. Wilson, about 2 hours west of Sydney.

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Kangaroo Valley: Fitzroy Falls

Paint the vibrant warm colours of the Southern Highlands.

Kangaroo Valley: Fitzroy Falls, about 90 minutes south of Sydney.
An original Australian Landscape by Peter Inglis.

Fitzroy Falls is an 81m waterall in the Kangaroo Valley, on the Southern Highlands of NSW. It is about a two hour drive south of Sydney.

Less shades of grey

There's an old saying: "You can never have too much fun", and that certainly applies to playing with colour.

Here are some colour swatches I painted using our extended palette:

Extended palette at Inglis Academy. Image © 2017 Peter Inglis

In the centre are two greys which we use to tone the canvas. Those of you who have already painted with me will notice they are respectively less warm and less cool than what we used previously. Basically they are more grey!

They also have more body than the previous tone which was very thin, like a watercolour in consistency. I noticed that everybody needs more experience in just moving the paint gently around the canvas, so using a tone with our normal paint consistency will give us a chance to get some quality brush-time in.

At your next coaching session you will also notice that most of the equipment in the room is painted this cool grey. This has two benefits:

  1. It removes visual distractions. Even the colour of a pine wood easel is quite a bright mixture of warm tones!
  2. A grey background makes our colours "pop" more, as you can see by the appearance of these colour panels on my cool grey table.
  3. For your reference, the colours from bottom left are:

    • Cool Red
    • Red Ochre
    • Warm Grey
    • Orange
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Warm Yellow
    • Cool Yellow
    • Cerulean Blue
    • Cool Grey
    • Cobalt Blue

    You can use this page as a guide when you go paint shopping.