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5 Colour Schemes Mastery (Oil & Acrylic) - Painting Workshop with Doug Swinton

Swinton's Art Supply, Instruction & Framing

Saturday, 14 March 2020 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (MDT)

5 Colour Schemes Mastery (Oil & Acrylic) - Painting...

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Time: 10am-3pm


In this workshop you will solidify your colour mixing skills with a little bit of theory. But don’t be fooled! This is not your regular boring colour wheel theory workshop. This is a 5 hour hands-on painting exercise exploring the 5 major colour schemes in depth.

  1. Monochromatic
  2. Analogous
  3. Triadic
  4. Complimentary
  5. Split complimentary

NOTE: This is not a beginner workshop and you should have some understanding of colour mixing. If you don’t have a fairly good grasp of colour mixing, it is advisable to take this workshop first: Mixing the Right Colour Every Time

Doug Swinton Instructor / Artist Bio

I never really intended to make art a career it just keeps happening. Maybe its living in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and being surrounded by the spectacular landscape. Maybe it's that my mom was always in the kitchen painting wicker baskets of bright fruit with Chianti wine bottles, or may it was all the doodles and drawings that adorned each and every page of my math book. but some how, art has now become my career.

Since my childhood, drawing and painting have always played an important role in my life. A big part of me never really left kindergarten. I still live for the "Hey Mom, look what I made!" I think exhibiting in galleries is just a bit of an extension of that. And today, besides being an artist, I co-own "Swinton's Art Supply and Instruction", an art school where, for over 16 years, my staff and I have taught the wonders of "Hey Mom!" to inspired new artists of all age. Operating Alberta's largest privately owned art facility has taught me more about art than I thought imaginable.

How do you describe my art? That's like trying to hit a moving target. Just when I think its going one direction the ever-elusive leopard slips away and changes its spots. Slathering thick viscid paint on a freshly unwrapped canvas is sensual and visceral. For me it's always been more about the doing, than the end product. It's like being at a live concert. The energy that comes from the doing is a highly powerful thing. I tend to get bored easily so I will flit from subject to subject. As J. R. Tolkien said, "not all that wander are lost". No matter what the subject, it's always the same, the most amount of information with the least amount of brushstrokes.

Canada couldn't be a better place to live. But for me as an artist, the close proximity of the prairies, foothills and mountains of Alberta makes my home province a never-ending dream. I've been lucky, and have painted in many countries, but to me there is still nothing more beautiful than a cold beer and a hot Calgary summer sunset.


These are the suggested colours because they provide the simplest combination from which to make the most colours. Other colours will do, just make sure to have warm and cool versions of red, yellow and blue.

  • Cadmium yellow light
  • Cadmium yellow deep
  • Yellow ochre
  • Cadmium orange
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Quinacridone rose (permanent rose)
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Manganese blue
  • Viridian green
  • Chromatic black
  • Titanium white

  • Flat bristle brush # 4 or #6
  • Paper towels
  • Brush washer
  • Five (5) 8x10 cheap canvas panels
  • An old magazine
  • Quiller colourwheel
  • 12x16 Palette

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Swinton's Art Supply, Instruction & Framing
7160 Fisher St SE
Calgary, AB T2H 0W5

Saturday, 14 March 2020 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (MDT)

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Located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Swinton's Art Supply, Instruction & Framing is Alberta's largest, privately owned art facility. With over 10,000 products, having a working knowledge of these items is very important. It has been our practice to hire working artists in the store thus giving our customers leading advice on what materials to use and how best to use them.


All of the instructors at Swinton's are gallery showing artists. Whether you make art as a hobby or are wanting to become a professional artist, our teachers can lead you in the right direction. From the technical side of painting to achieving pure creativity, they will be there to guide you.

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