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.

Monet: Summer (Meadow at Bezons), 1874

This delightful scene captures the feeling of a breezy summer afternoon.

Monet: Summer (Meadow at Bezons), 1874

It gives us the opportunity to practice the delicate textures of grasses and trees moving in the wind.

Monet: Haystacks: White Frost, sunrise, 1889

A masterwork from Claude Monet's series of over 50 haystack paintings. As well as being beautiful paintings in their own right, this series was an exploration of light effects at different times of the day.

Monet: Haystacks: White Frost, sunrise, 1889 - learn rhis painring at Inglis Academy

Monet: Haystacks: White Frost, sunrise, 1889 - an interpretation by Peter Inglis. Learn rhis painring at Inglis Academy
One of my interpretations hanging at The Picture House in Crows Nest.


This short video contains a good overview of the haystack series.