Mastering Colour

Paint with natural and beautiful colour in oils. | taught by Paul Foxton

Course description

Colour is the single most difficult aspect of realistic oil painting - but it doesn't need to be.

If you've ever struggled with colour, this course will teach you how to:

  • Mix any colour you see - quickly and accurately
  • Understand how to use colour to make forms come alive on the canvas
  • Get the value balance right to create light and depth in your pictures
  • Paint more beautiful, natural colour

In a series of step by step assignments, you'll gradually learn how colour works in the real world.

Upload your assignments in the private facebook group to share your progress with fellow artists, and get personal feedback from me.

By the end of the course, you'll know how to take a simple still life set up and make a realistic painting with natural colour and a convincing feeling of depth and light.

In this course, I've taken everything I know about colour and put it into a carefully designed course that will take you from struggling to see colour accurately to creating more natural, realistic, more beautiful colour.

Paul Foxton
Paul Foxton
Course Tutor

A self taught artist, my passion is sharing my knowledge with aspiring artists. I want to help you grow and develop your skills more effectively and more quickly, so you can start to make beautiful work you can be proud of.

Course Curriculum

Module 1: Gathering Materials and Preparing Your Still Life Set Up
46:48
Introduction to the Mastering Colour Course FREE PREVIEW
First, Paint a Piece of Fruit
Collect Your Materials
Making Your Shadow Box FREE PREVIEW
Create Your Set Up FREE PREVIEW
Balancing the Light FREE PREVIEW
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Module 2: Seeing Colour Better: Mixing and Matching the Colours You See
148:47
About the Colour Matching Module
Introduction to the Colour Matching Module
The Munsell Approach to Understanding Colour FREE PREVIEW
Placing the Colour Chips correctly in the Munsell Student Book FREE PREVIEW
Making a Munsell Value Scale FREE PREVIEW
Matching colour: Mixing Local Colours Accurately
Colour Matching: 5R FREE PREVIEW
Colour Matching: 5YR
Colour Matching: 5Y
Colour Matching: 5GY
Colour Matching: 5Y 8/4
Colour Matching: 5YR 6/4
Matching Real World Locals
Colour Matching: A Lemon FREE PREVIEW
Colour Matching: A Pear
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Module 3: Light and Shadow: Learn to Model Form with Colour
159:54
Introduction to the Mastering Light and Shadow Module
Value Cube Studies: Drawing out your first sight size study
Value Cube Studies: Checking the values of your first study
Value 6 Cube Assignment
Value Spheres
Value 6 Sphere Assignment
5YR 6/4 Cube Part One: Finding the Colours
5YR 6/4 Cube Part Two: Mixing the Colours
5YR 6/4 Cube Part Three: Painting the Study
5YR 6/12 Cube
Colour spheres
5YR 6/12 Sphere: Introduction
5YR 6/12 Sphere: Judging and Mixing the Colours
5YR 6/12 Sphere: Painting the Study
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Module 4: Make it Come Alive: Painting a Piece of Fruit
Introduction: Creating Light and Depth With Colour
Cube to sphere to fruit - value
Cube to sphere to fruit - Colour
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Module 5: Put it into Practice: Full Colour Still Life
67:12
Introduction: Paint Full Colour, Sight-Size Still Life
Full Colour Block in: Introduction
Full Colour Block in 1: The Background and Foreground Colours
Full Colour Block in 2: The Colours of the Apple
Full Colour Block in 3: Painting the Study
Final Assignment: A finished still life
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Reviews (5)

A Great Discipline

by Lynn Purvis-Yund
I've been painting professionally for years but took this course in order to get back to a basic discipline. I really enjoy Paul's methodical and precise process. He is thorough and takes his time, a method that fits the purpose of the course - to truly understand color and how it works to help painters reproduce light and color.

Outstanding in every way

by Patricia Halbeck
This course is an expertly structured and carefully crafted progression of information and hands on experiences. The videos are detailed and clear. The text is also clear and efficient. I was amazed at the progress I made, and the understanding and skill that developed through the course. The investment in the student Munsell book was very worthwhile. Don't be put off by that cost. Other necessary equipment is carefully outlined and not expensive. Interaction with other students on FB was inspiring and Paul's feedback was always detailed and helpful. My sensitivity to color grew significantly and my skill in mixing colors precisely improved exponentially. This course is definitely a turning point in my development as an artist. It required effort and persistence but was definitely worthwhile. I am thrilled with the results. Thank you, Paul Foxton!

Eye-opener

by Bert van der Laan
Before this course I had an intuitive way of colour mixing (taking for granted I would never really "nail" the colour), was a layman of the thou-shall-not-use-black-paint church, and was messing around with complimentary colours to get the exact shadow colour. Paul's course does not include recipes, but provided me a systematic route to mix any colour. And, for me personally perhaps even as important, it taught me to slow down and focus on one aspect of the painting process. Although I initially underestimated the time needed for the exercises, the approach of the course is actually well-balanced: it is challenging without becoming frustrating. Paul's style of teaching contributes for me to the succes of this course, as he challenges you to get the best out of yourself with personal and constructive feedback.
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A Great Discipline

by Lynn Purvis-Yund
I've been painting professionally for years but took this course in order to get back to a basic discipline. I really enjoy Paul's methodical and precise process. He is thorough and takes his time, a method that fits the purpose of the course - to truly understand color and how it works to help painters reproduce light and color.

Outstanding in every way

by Patricia Halbeck
This course is an expertly structured and carefully crafted progression of information and hands on experiences. The videos are detailed and clear. The text is also clear and efficient. I was amazed at the progress I made, and the understanding and skill that developed through the course. The investment in the student Munsell book was very worthwhile. Don't be put off by that cost. Other necessary equipment is carefully outlined and not expensive. Interaction with other students on FB was inspiring and Paul's feedback was always detailed and helpful. My sensitivity to color grew significantly and my skill in mixing colors precisely improved exponentially. This course is definitely a turning point in my development as an artist. It required effort and persistence but was definitely worthwhile. I am thrilled with the results. Thank you, Paul Foxton!

Eye-opener

by Bert van der Laan
Before this course I had an intuitive way of colour mixing (taking for granted I would never really "nail" the colour), was a layman of the thou-shall-not-use-black-paint church, and was messing around with complimentary colours to get the exact shadow colour. Paul's course does not include recipes, but provided me a systematic route to mix any colour. And, for me personally perhaps even as important, it taught me to slow down and focus on one aspect of the painting process. Although I initially underestimated the time needed for the exercises, the approach of the course is actually well-balanced: it is challenging without becoming frustrating. Paul's style of teaching contributes for me to the succes of this course, as he challenges you to get the best out of yourself with personal and constructive feedback.

by Dawn Claydon

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