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Mira’s Method of Color Mixing For Water Media Painters

A few years back I developed a  unique approach to color mixing that has stimulated a number of my artist students to enrich their color palettes in significant ways.  That fact greatly influenced me to introduce this method in a 2 day workshop.  We will do considerable color exercises with this approach and apply them to paintings.  Easily applicable to the watercolorist, acrylic and oil painter, although in this workshop we will be working primarily with water based media.  No dry media.  Previous painting experience necessary.

OCTOBER 13-15 Fri-Sun. 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Tuition: $ 345
MENDOCINO ART CENTER                                        Pre-register:  800-653-332845200 Little Lake St. Mendocino, CA                     


 The materials listed here are primarily for watercolor paints. I will list liquid acrylics as well, and suggest that you purchase the small Golden liquid acrylic bottles; please do not buy any tube acrylics.

 Watercolor paints: I prefer Daniel Smith,
 Hansa Yellow medium
Raw Sienna
Quinacrid0ne Gold
Quinacridone Sienna
Scarlet Lake or Cadminum Red Light
Permanent Rose or Quinacridone Rose
Carbazole Violet
Ultramarine Blue
Cobalt Blue
Pthalo Blue Red Shade or Green Shade
Cobalt Teal
Pthalo Green Yellow Shade ( PG 36
Burnt Umber
Payne’s Grey
Ivory Black

Golden Liquid Acrylics for acrylic painters ( 1 oz containers)

Hansa Yellow Medium
Raw Sienna
Quinacrizone /Nickel Azo Gold
Burnt Sienna
Napthol Red Light
Quinacridone Magenta
Dioxazine Purple
Ultramarine Blue
Cobalt Blue
Pthalo Blue ( Green shade or Red Shade)
Pthalo Green Yellow Shade( PG 36)
Payne’s Gray
Van Dyke Brown Historical Hue ( or Burnt Umber Dark)


 Watercolor Rounds:    (short handles, synthetics are fine; look for Richeson, Black Gold by Dynasty, Princeton, Cosmos, Imposter, Quiller or Raphael brands; key to a good brush is   spring, resiliency, and the cap bility to hold a   good point) Numbers of the sizes of brushes vary according to manufacturer. These are based on Richeson sizing:

#6  / 8
# 10 /12     ( 3/8 “ diameter)

Acrylic paimters will need similar brushes: more small than large for initial exercises. Make sure you have ROUNDS in the smaller sizes.        

PAPERS: Strathmore Watercolor Pad 9” x 12” ( for classroom exercises )
D’Arches 140 lb.  or 300 lb rag watercolor paper 22”x30” Cold Press   (3 sheets)
Panels and/or canvases are optional for acrylic painters on the last day( choice of size
SUPPORTS: 4 inflexible, smooth painting surfaces, as follows:
3  12” x 16 ” ( foam core, plywood, masonite, , plexiglass)
1 large board for 22”x30” paper – ½” foamcore


 Watercolor palette: large, rectangular, covered plastic (paint dishes on 4 sides)
 (For acrylics:: spnge lined covered palette specifically for acrylic paints)
  Spray bottle: high intensity to hold at least 1 cup water
3 small travel misters for spray painting
Water container, rags
1 1/2” or 2” masking tape ( blue painters tape is ok)
3 to 5 small plastic dishes for washes
Small sketch pad,  2h, HB pencils, magic rub eraser Binder with slide sheets for storing  color studies
Portfolio for carrying paintings and paper

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