Central Okanagan FCA

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Colour Mixing and Composition

A two day workshop - Oils and Acrylics - All levels welcome!

Instructor: Doug Swinton

Date: April 22, 23, 2023


Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (doors open at 9:30 am)


Location: Ellis Art Studios 


Cost: FCA-COC Members - $275, Non-members - $300 


Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your registration more than 30 days prior to the starting date of the workshop, a full refund of your workshop fee will be made.  If you cancel your registration within 30 days of the starting date of the workshop, no refund will be made unless we are able to fill your seat from the waitlist.    

Note that registration is open to members of the Central Okanagan Chapter only until December 31, 2022.  For more information on joining the chapter, click here.

Course Description: 

Day one. 

  • Proper studio work habits
  • Palette organization and getting clean colour
  • Color theory and how to mix any colour.
  • Thoughts on how to paint better paintings from the start.
  • How to set up a painting for success
  • Painting all afternoon

Day 2 

  • Morning demo
  • How to fix photos to get better paintings.
  • Painting till the afternoon.
  • 2 pm critique of 2 to 3 pieces of work from each student.

About Doug Swinton:

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 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

How do you describe my art? That’s like trying to hit a moving target. Just when I think its going one direction ever elusive leopard slips away and changes its spots. Slathering thick viscid paint on a freshly unwrapped canvas is sensual and venereal. 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 also get board very easy so I tend to 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. 

 Art is not about a living; it’s living the art.

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Cost & Status

  • CAN$275.00
  • CAN$300.00 with Workshop - Non-Member + $25
Spots Available:
FULL (14 of 14 spots taken)
Waitlist Spots:
4 of 10 spots available
Member Type Required:
Members in the "Members - Basic" group of Central Okanagan FCA, Members in the "Members - Active" group of Central Okanagan FCA
Registration Open Since:
2022-11-05 00:00:00
Registration Closes:
2023-04-21 23:59:00

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