Six Color Studies I did at IAPS 2019

Six Color Studies I did at IAPS 2019

Here are six of the eight color studies I did while I was at IAPS.

The one top above, and last below, were done in Tony Alain’s workshop, and those originals are available here and here. The one above is of a memory kayaking with our youngest daughter on Penobscot Bay in Maine.

The other ones between were 20 minute color studies done in Jacob Aguiar’s Color Study Bootcamp. They are basically sketches to work out composition and color relationships. I may finish them someday. I did two other ones that I may use for possible future paintings, which I didn’t include here.

I didn’t paint as much as I expected at IAPS, and in neither of these classes did I learn very much. Tony spent most of our time doing demos (any why not, because he sold them), and in Jacob’s class, I expected a big dose of color theory, which did not occur at all. He merely told us to paint small what we might want to paint large, and after two demos, (which he also sold), he then he set the timer for us to do 6 20 minute paintings.  I felt I could have done on my own time. Demos don’t do much for me, but I realized why instructors like them.

The thrill of IAPS for me, and all my ah ha moments came in Dawn Emerson’s Workshop. This single class is what made IAPS worth it to me.


I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. Christine 5 years ago

    I love your people! Do more like that :-)

  2. ChristineMM 5 years ago

    If you really want to learn more about color theory read the book color in light by James Gurdney (the Dinotopoa professional artist guy). And then actually force yourself to try all the different techniques as your lesson. That book is a gem stone for the price. Someday I will work through it all.

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      Polly Castor 5 years ago

      Thank you for mentioning it. I have that book I think (I love his art!) but haven’t read it. I’ll dig it out! Xx

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