Avoiding Muddy Colors In Watercolor

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This 90-minute Zoom class will be taught live by Jane M. Mason!

  • March 5th starting at 6:00pm Eastern (5:00pm Central; 3:00pm Pacific)
  • Class will be 90-minutes (plus a 1 - 2 hour independent pre-workshop project)
  • Class size will be 6 min (10 max)

A Zoom link, materials list, and pre-workshop assignment, will be emailed after registration. This class will be recorded. During the workshop you are welcome to paint along with Jane, or to watch Jane and then practice painting afterward.


HELP! Everything turned into mud!

Do not fear! ☺ Clear colors to the rescue.

There are several simple strategies to avoid muddy colors in watercolor. Part of the process is to keep your water, brush and palette relatively clean. Part of the process includes a basic understanding of the color wheel and a couple of color theories.

T hrough several exercises we will work on:

  • What are muddy colors and why do we want to avoid them?
  • Understanding color biases. Feeling hot or cold?
  • How many colors you can mix before you fall into the danger zone?
  • Patience, Grasshopper, when layering and glazing.
  • And more.
There is an assignment in preparation for the workshop. It will be sent upon registration.

Once registered, students will also receive a materials list. I recommend professional materials in the supply list as “preferred,” but will also include less expensive student-grade materials, in case you aren’t ready to splurge on the more expensive materials.

Jane has taught for about 30 years in watercolor, drawing, art history, and design. More recently, she’s been teaching textile artists in various art disciplines, such as watercolor techniques, to apply to their fiber passions. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Nebraska in Textiles and Photo-Journalism; her Master’s Degree from Harvard University is in Museum Studies.

Jane is a full-time artist and is typically in her studio every day creating art or teaching. She’s passionate about both. She’s published many articles on watercolor painting. A recent article about being courageous as an artist is her blog post, “Be Not Afraid and What Artists Fear.”

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Avoiding Muddy Colors In Watercolor
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Jane M. Mason

As a small child, I started taking art classes at Joslyn Museum in Omaha. Every Saturday morning I was at the museum for a class. As a five-year-old, I won my first art contest and distinctly remember the drawing I had created being used on the cover of the spring catalog for Joslyn Museum. My childlike enthusiasm for art and happiness creating art is in my DNA now. It’s part of every piece of art I create.

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