Mastering Color Mixing

Online Painting Course

Do You Struggle to Mix Color?

Have you ever worked hours on one tiny section of your painting and been frustrated that you just couldn’t make the color look “right?”

Have you come back to the easel and been stalled by mixtures from your previous session that took hours to match?

What about that one pile of paint on your palette that started to get away from you, and the harder you tried to fix it the bigger it got until it threatened to take over everything?

Do you spend more time in the studio frustrated with your palette, digging through hundreds of tubes of paint, and reading through books and blogs full of complicated mix charts than actually creating the art you came in to do?

I know how that feels!

When I walked into my first painting class, I was terrified of color.

I remember backing my easel into a corner so that no one else could see that I didn’t even know how to lay out my palette.

I remember spending hours just trying to perfect a mixture, and at the end of class looking up to see I’d put almost nothing on my canvas at all.

I watched my teachers seemingly effortlessly mix paint and see colors inside of things that I just couldn’t visualize.

A lot of them offered complicated color theory, excellent but difficult-to-remember tips that seemed unconnected, or insisted “it just takes time.”

I knew there had to be a better way to learn color...

It all clicked into place when I stumbled across one teacher who taught the three qualities of color. Suddenly there was a system - an easy recipe - to explain and remember everything else about color!

The way I saw color was completely changed. Suddenly, I couldn’t learn enough about it - and found there was a way to organize what I was learning.

I started sharing my own research with my students, and the results were immediate.

In 12 years of teaching, I've found that how to mix color is the #1 issue students struggle with, and the #1 question I get asked

So many hours and so much paint can be wasted in this search for the right color, especially if you don’t know where to start or how to break the process down.

By starting with the three building blocks of color, keeping your color palette simple and organized, and even just knowing how to hold the knife for maximum effect with minimal effort, you’ll get amazing results - no matter your skill level.

I’ve had students who’ve never held a brush before walk out of class feeling confident to paint completely on their own, and students who are art workshop veterans exclaim “why has no one ever shown me this before??”

Mix More Colors and Waste Less Paint!

Some courses will tell you that you need to buy tons of paint to mix all the colors you need, but I made all of these charts for the course using only 3 colors of paint + white, and I'll show you exactly how I did it!

In this course you will learn how to mix color easily and efficiently!

  • Learn how to see, describe, and accurately mix colors
  • ​Spend less time mixing and more time actually painting
  • ​Learn from broken-down demonstrations with easy tips for how to reach mixtures faster and train your eye to judge them
  • ​Follow along in your own studio with supplies you probably already have!
  • ​Take a simplified approach, with only three main colors of paint and only 6 main exercises - rather than buckets of obscure colors and piles of complicated mixing tables
  • ​Each lesson builds on the next to give you the skills you need to completely transform how you approach paint

Modules & Lessons:


Introduction & Paint   -   Brushes & Knives   -   Palette & Tools   -   Painting Surfaces   -   Solvent & Brush Washer   -   Materials List Downloads & Resources


Laying Out Your Palette   -   Mixing With Palette Knives   -   Mixing With Brushes   -   Cleaning Up Your Paint & Palette   -   Cleaning Up & Caring For Brushes   -   Cleaning Up & Settling Solvent   -   Solent-Free Painting


Introduction to the Building Blocks of Color   -   Introduction to Hue & the Color Wheel   -   The Primaries   -   Mixing the Secondaries   -   Analogous & Complementary Colors   -   Hue Downloads & Resources


Introduction to Saturation   -   How to Mix a Neutral   -   Controlling Saturation with a Neutral   -   Controlling Saturation with a Complement   -   Simultaneous Contrast   -   Conclusion on S   -   Saturation Downloads & Resources


Introduction to Value   -   5 Value Scale: Mixing a Dark Neutral   -   5 Value Scale: Mixing Your Value Scale   -   Seeing Inherent Value   -   Mixing Colors Lighter & Darker   -   Value Conclusion   -   Value Downloads & Resources


Introduction   -   What Are Tertiaries?   -   Taking Tertiaries Further & Introducing "Huequations"   -   Tertiaries Conclusion   -   What About Temperature?   -   Thinking in Color Families   -   More About Color: Downloads & Resources


Identifying a Color Using the 3 Building Blocks   -   Mixing a Color You Can See   -   Mixing a Color You Can Imagine   -   Fixing Color: The Problem Correctly Defined   -   Fixing Color: On the Palette & in the Painting   -   Mixing & Matching Downloads & Resources

Full Resolution Downloads of Demonstrations

Printable Materials List, Worksheets, & Project Guides

Learn from my mistakes and struggles to fast-track your own palette prep and get to the real work - painting!

Whether you are an absolute beginner who doesn’t know where to start, or an experienced painter who wants to level-up your paint-handling, I can’t wait to help you transform your studio time.

What you’ll get from this course:

  •  30+ video lessons, presented in bite-sized chunks of 5-15 minutes
  • ​6 main project worksheets, with visual guides and tips for variations and taking each project further
  • ​All lessons are pre-recorded and available all at once, so there's no waiting for next week's lesson or worrying that you'll miss a class
  • ​An interactive private community (not on Facebook!) where you can comment, discuss the course with fellow students, ask questions, and stay connected ($100 value)
  • Rich course content including video captions & transcriptions, downloadable worksheets, and resource guides
  • ​Two BONUS Modules filled with tips and tricks for the studio, and additional ways to see and think about color ($40 value)
  • ​Access to full course content through your preferred browser - as well as an app that you can load onto your phone or tablet - so that you can access course content no matter where you are

Watch from Any Device!

Use the browser or the mobile app to stream the course from any device. Pick up right where you left off, whether you're on your desktop, your tablet, or your phone.

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Regular Price: $197

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need to watch the videos live?

This is a pre-recorded course, so there's no worry about keeping up with a schedule or missing anything. You can watch (and rewatch!) the videos at your own pace.

How long will I have access to the videos?

You will have access to everything inside of this course for the lifetime of the course, so you can come back and re-watch at any time.

Do I need to download anything?

This course is streaming-only. You can watch all videos in your browser, or download the app and watch from your phone or tablet.

Do I have to be an oil painter to benefit?

I'll be using oils for all of the demonstrations, but this course will be beneficial for all kinds of mediums. If you're an acrylic, gouache, or tempera painter the techniques will be very easy to translate!

Even if you use watercolors, alcohol or other inks, dyes, colored resin, markers, pastels, etc, the fundamentals of this course will definitely be helpful, as long as you're familiar with the specifics of your medium.

Do I need to know how to draw or paint?

Because this is a mixing course, we'll be focused entirely on color. No prior painting experience is required! I'll go over some knife and brush tips so beginners can build their tool skills, but even if you've never held a brush you can follow the assignments.

Is this course only for beginners?

I love structuring courses so that any painter of any skill level can benefit.

There will be a lot for beginners in this course, but the meat of the course will be helpful no matter what your skill or experience level. By changing the way you think about and categorize the colors you see and the paints on your palette, even seasoned painters can become more efficient and sharp in the studio.

Is this a color theory course?

This certainly uses aspects of color theory, but it's so much more! 

Everything in this course is actionable, and there will be a constant focus on how you can use each lesson or technique today in your own studio. What good is learning the esoteric definition of "complementary pairs" if you can't go straight to your easel and use what you've learned?

I am thrilled for the first time to present this information online that, until now, has only been available to my in-person students!

Here's what Mastering Color Mixing students are saying:

“I have been so enjoying your online class, and last night I was mixing colors from paint swatches, and that was the first time I felt I was really understanding the process.  That bit about getting the value correct before you mix colors is a huge help!!!!  You are such a gifted teacher and I so appreciate you taking the time to put together this online class."
- Valerie C.
"Oh my goodness! I’m learning so much! Thank you!"
- Laura C.

"Whitney, you are a great teacher. You organize your descriptions in a way that is thorough and also digestible. I'm happy to say that I rarely find a need to rewind and wonder what you meant. Brava mi amica!"
- Leslie M.

Preview a Lesson from the Course:

I can’t wait for you to join me! Let’s grab our paints and get started!

Still undecided? Check out the course preview by clicking below, and be sure to reach out to me with any questions!

Hi! I'm Whitney Hall
(aka The Curious Painter)

I've been a full-time painter since 2008 and have been teaching painting and color theory for just as long!

My favorite thing is helping painters of all levels overcome whatever is frustrating them in the studio so they can find more joy at their easels.

I'm also a total color theory nerd. I love researching everything I can learn about color theory and color psychology and color science, and finding a way to explain it in the simplest way possible.

I live in Bozeman Montana with my photographer-fiancee and our two blue heelers. When I'm not painting or teaching, you'll probably find me gardening or exploring somewhere in nature.
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