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Moriarty Colour tools, products, books and courses

Use the COLOUR TOOLS dropdown menu above to find out more about each individual product or simply scroll down through this list of each of our Moriarty Colour tools, products, books and courses, and what they can do to help you get the most out of your colours.

Please don't hesitate to CONTACT us for any further information or you can read more about the creators of the Moriarty Colour tools, products, books and courses, Merv Moriarty OAM and Prue Acton OBE, on our ABOUT US page.

To purchase any of the Moriarty Colour tools, products and books or to book any of the Colour Courses on this website, please click on the individual purchase buttons below for details.

Moriarty Colour Wheel - a definitive guide

Primary Colours

Recommended pigments for better colour are available in Merv Moriarty Matisse Paint Sets

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How to use the Moriarty Colour Wheel

Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions

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Merv Moriarty Matisse Paint Sets

Introducing you to colour with the least difficulty

Merv Moriarty Matisse Paint Sets include either nine or five professional quality Matisse Structure acrylic colours, as well as the inclusion of Matisse Open Medium (in the larger sets only), which facilitates by slowing down drying time and over-painting of colours with a controlled translucency.

The range includes Merv Moriarty's Essential COLOURS Set, Merv Moriarty's Fine Art COLOURS Set and Merv Moriarty's Art & Design COLOURS Set.

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Mixing Complementaries to make Grey or Black

The Colour Mixing exercise in the video below, using Derivan Matisse Acrylics, shows Merv Moriarty demonstrating mixing two complementaries (opposites on the colour wheel), Magenta and Green, to make black or grey.

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Colour Exhibitions and Courses

Merv Moriarty OAM is the founder of the Flying Art School (now Flying Arts). For information visit the Flying Arts Alliance Inc website.

For information about workshops on colour and colour relationship, and for demonstrations using the Moriarty Colour Wheel contact Prue Acton or visit Prue Acton's website.

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COLOUR - the definitive guide

Special fold out pages reveal Merv's original theories about colour as light, colour as pigment and his three-section colour wheel system. His other original theories covering interval and linkage and his work with thousands of students, proves that "right colour" is objective, not subjective. This document will open a world of possibilities in colour and take your work to new heights.

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COLOUR - the definitive guide was launched at the National Library of Australia by Andrew Sayers AM, Director of the National Museum of Australia, on the 6th of September, 2012.

''So Merv's subject is principally relationships. And it's here that the book really sings – intervals, linkages, harmonies, complementary, simultaneous contrast – this last he calls 'the light maker'. If you read anything by Matisse – and Matisse is always rewarding to read on art – he talks everywhere about the capacity of paintings and drawings to generate light. I'm sure he would have seen eye to eye with Merv on many things.

''So - whether you use COLOUR - the definitive guide as a tool to understand your craft, to hone your perception, to understand why certain relationships work (and others don't) or for its unique and personal insights into the deeper philosophical dimensions of the subject – you will be rewarded.

''Sensitivity to colour is immensely satisfying – it's one of the things that enriches our lives in the world. But I think most of us are unsure about, or insecure about our responses.

''Artists share this sense; it is only after a day of painting – trying to see and match tones and hues - that the artist starts to see the immense colour possibilities all around.

''COLOUR - the definitive guide is a labour of love.''

Extract from speech by Andrew Sayers AM, Director of the National Museum of Australia, September 2012 Book Launch at the National Library of Australia.

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To tap into this ability at an effective level requires skills, not only of the hand but also of the mind. This book focuses on each of these skills separately and together providing you with a deeper understanding of their real nature. Exercises that help you to develop these skills and understandings are clearly described.

THE EYE'S MIND - the artist and the draftsman begins with fundamental drawing and draftsmanship principles and develops through a series of steps covering everything that the artist-draftsman needs to know.

This book puts you in touch with the analytical factors that the mind behind the eye uses to create form and space. In turn this potentially gives you command over the intellectual tools that can create a visual world on paper or canvas just as you intend.

Rightness of form and structure has been a fundamental pursuit of artists since the earliest times and this rightness has its roots in factors of a mathematical nature. These factors are addressed toward the end of this book and will, I believe, throw light on a matter that could give you access to understanding and skills that will lift your work out of the ordinary to another level. It will also help those who wish to understand art and the forces that not only lie at the heart of all great art, but also underlie our appreciation of nature and of beauty.

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THE EYE'S MIND - the artist and the draftsman was launched at the National Library of Australia by His Excellency Michael Bryce AM AE on the 22nd of June, 2010.

''I can't help thinking that Leonardo would have liked this book - it leaves us in no doubt that he (Merv) is the master of his craft ... The narrative is about perception of proportion and space and the ''mind's eye'' ability to evaluate such things - and it is about philosophy and the architecture of nature ... outstanding scholarship on this new work ...''

- His Excellency Michael Bryce AM AE

''Over the years I have been surprised at just how many artists whom I have met who at one time or another have been exposed to and inspired by Moriarty's teachings ... This is a sincere, committed and well written book by a passionate teacher whose inspiration has touched many ... A valuable and alternative voice in the Australian art education scene ...''

- Sasha Grishin, art critic and author

''Today Moriarty is recognised as an innovator in art education, having changed the way art is taught in Queensland. Around the country, ex students are achieving recognition, not just as artists but also in all areas of creative endeavour.''

- Prue Acton O.B.E. Doctor of Arts honoris causa RMIT University

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COLOUR Relationship - coming soon!

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