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Learn The Secrets to Powerful,
Potent Color In Your Paintings

A Six-Module online course where you’ll learn to simplify the complex world of color! Learn how to create dynamic, visually exciting color combinations your eyes will love.

Get inspired to explore and experiment with color in your studio! 



Step-by-step six-module online course where you’ll learn to simplify the complex world of color and learn how to create dynamic, visually exciting color combinations your eyes will love.


Join our fabulous private Facebook Community where the excitement happens: the exchange of ideas, inspiration, encouragement and friendships flourish in this wondrous, dynamic community of artists.

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Explore, Experiment & Paint With Ease.

I’m so excited to invite you to Experimenting With Color!

This is a self directed, independent study color course where you’ll learn secrets of creating beautiful color palettes.

You’ll learn to trust and grant yourself radical permission to paint with experimentation, exploration, and aliveness.

When you Enroll in the Course: 

You’ll receive immediate access to all 6 modules containing all lessons, reflections, lectures, video demonstrations, actionable steps and guided painting challenges to further develop your art.

You’ll have access to the modules for a full year. 

Throughout the course you’ll explore ways to simplify and create potent, powerful paintings with exciting color. Loosen up, play and fuel your creative fire. Take your art into new, astonishing directions by cultivating your ability to experiment.

Accelerate your progress as an abstract artist. Start Experimenting With Color TODAY!

Are you painting with aliveness and wonder?

Are you cultivating experimentation in your art?

Do you long to create your deepest work?

In Experimenting with Color, I was able to adjust my improvisational paintings with basic understandings and became more confident in my studio than before. It is obvious that joining the courses made me feel like being an artist and my dream of becoming an artist comes true.

~ Ngo Thuy, Artist’s Journey®, Studio Journey™, Experimenting with Color™ Alumna & The Artist’s Journey Book Reader

Hey there, I'm Nancy

An Abstract Artist, Bestselling Author and Stanford Trained Existential Psychiatrist

I’ve been an artist and existential psychiatrist for over 20 years and I'm passionate about creativity, aliveness, and meaning.

I've been an abstract painter for decades. Several years ago I created a television program "Creativity & Consciousness" where I interviewed artists on their creative process. I learned that artists in every genre grapple with fear and self-doubt and that the interior landscape affects everything!

I believe that abstract painting is a powerful way of getting at meaning and that art is a mirror that reflects our livesthe canvas reflects back our feelings, moods, interior states, and life.

I've guided thousands of artists in creating their deepest, most alive and meaningful work, and I would love to be your guide, too!

What You’ll Achieve

Simplify Your Palette & Strengthen Your Paintings

Experiment, Explore & Find Your Way As You Paint!

Showing Up In Your Studio & Experiment

What You’ll Learn In The Modules

Module 1: Welcome To Experimenting With Color

Welcome to Experimenting With Color. You’ll explore and experiment with mixing color combinations such as secondary, intermediary, and analogous color schemes. You’ll learn to simplify your palette as well as learn tips on color contrast that will wow you!

Module 2: Tertiary, Complementary & Neutral Colors

In this module you’ll explore an array of color schemes including how to create gorgeous tertiary colors from secondary color mixes. You’ll also create an array of neutrals with warm and cool variations using complementary colors. These color palettes can be used to create powerful, harmonious paintings.

Module 3: Experimentation, Simplicity & Constraint

In this module you’ll explore the potent practice of simplicity and constraint while experimenting with color. You’ll create one and two color palettes and see the power in these. You’ll learn how to create a four color/two value palette that my students have found to be a game changer!

Module 4: Further Color Experimentation

In this module you’ll learn the secrets of visual contrast using color. You’ll see a video where I analyze several paintings in terms of visual contrast and how you can create visual excitement by increasing color contrast. I’ll show you ways of working with the middle of the painting and there will be tips and commentary on this process.

Module 5: Investigating Color Through Experimentation

In this module, you’ll see me begin a painting starting with color contrast concepts. Through five videos you’ll see me complete the painting and I’ll give you my thoughts and tips along the way. In particular, commentary from me about staying intuitive through the entire process of creating the painting. In essence, this is about trusting yourself.

Module 6: Experimenting With Water & Color

In this module, you’ll see me explore secondary and tertiary colors and water. In this module I’ll be adding new material along the journey.

Your course has made such a difference in my abstract painting.  I can’t tell you how glad I am to have found your courses! When I was able to, I signed up for both of your classes. You have made such an impact on my life. You have helped me be better at something I am passionate about. For that, I can’t thank you enough!

~ Heather Zappettini, Studio Journey™ & Experimenting with Color Alumna

Saying YES to deep experimentation on your artist’s journey is akin to embarking on a dangerous expedition into the unknown.

You yearn for aliveness and meaning and find yourself answering the call of your desire to create your deepest work. The moment you decide to start you’re immediately plunged into unknown territory and you face the perils of creating…and yet you persist anyway because your desire to create is greater than your fear.

One of the most important things for any artist to learn is to trust yourself so that you can allow yourself to take risks, explore and experiment.

Experimentation is at the heart of what being an artist is about. We’re not here to replicate others work…we’re here to express ourselves…our own voice, vision and truth.

We must trust ourselves

Trusting yourself to find your way as you create and to show yourself and the world what you love.

You can free yourself up to move past fears and self doubt in your painting process and awaken experimentation, playfulness, and risk taking in your work.

Begin your own journey of exploration and experimentation.

At the end of last year, I was accepted into a jury-judged exhibition with over 100 artists, which was an incredible encouragement. The first day of the vernissage I sold a painting “Zornpalette” which came during my trip in the Studio Journey.

If I go back a few years, I got anxious when I would start painting on a white canvas.

I have also been a “perfectionist” which has not facilitated my creation. Since I found Nancy among all the thousands of other art teachers, my life has changed, not only on the artistic level but on so many levels.

The feeling when I first loved what I painted was incredibly strong and because it was genuine and rooted within myself. Sure, there is still often a struggle during each painting, but then I hear Nancy’s voice that it is precisely in the “ugly paintings” something new is emerging. HOW EXCITING IS THIS?

~ Elisabeth Malmgren, Studio Journey™, Activating The Canvas, Experiment with Color Alumnus

As an existential psychiatrist, abstract artist, and creator of ‘Creativity and Consciousness’ television program, I learned that there’s one thing that matters more than anything else in your art and that is trusting yourself. To paint freely with expressive aliveness, authenticity, and experimentation…you need one thing above all else.

Self Trust

I’m on a mission to guide artists to believe in and trust themselves. I want you to be freed up to experiment, explore, play, take big risks, search and find your way in your painting practice.

In essence, I want you to be able to express YOU

One of the things I’ve learned is that only through continued exploration will you make your own discoveries…that you must be willing to answer the call and step into the unknown…that there a few secrets to creating art that’s alive and full of wonder and mystery…and that…

the most important transformation of all is an inner one.

Imagine feeling freed up to explore and experiment!

Invest in Experimenting With Color!

Join Now & Receive these Bonuses

BONUS Lesson: Color & Value Relationships 

Learn to create a gorgeous 2 color, 4 value palette. This is a game changing lesson I teach artists in my live workshops. 

NEW: Full painting demo of Flower & Fire with discussion and observations by Nancy ($197 VALUE)

Watch a full painting demo in homage to flowers in recovery from the California fires. It’s a colorful painting inspired by spring and the creative impulse to explore big, gestural brushstrokes employing a red/pink palette.

Color Secrets of the Pros Workbook
($97 VALUE)

Learn color secrets in abstract painting the pros know. Create visual impact using color contrast. Work with simplicity, constraint and experimentation.

Experimenting with Color Community
($997 VALUE)

Our fabulous private Facebook Community where you’ll meet artists from all over the world to encourage, support and inspire you on your journey of self expression.  

My dream is that you answer ‘Yes’ to the call of your longing to free yourself up. I want you to create the life you are meant to live. I want you to learn to trust yourself so that you can explore and experiment freely in your art and paint with the aliveness that’s in YOU.

Experimenting With Color is about experimenting, exploring, and astonishing yourself.


It’s about living the creative life of your dreams, the one you are meant to live.

It’s about finally trusting yourself.

Claim your spot in Experimenting With Color. It all begins NOW!

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Learn how to create dynamic, visually exciting color combinations your eyes will love.

Get inspired to explore and experiment with color in your studio!


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Here’s what just a few of my students say about the course

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I am absolutely enthralled by your courses. It really has brought a lot of joy to my life, and put a spring in my step.  I think it's your philosophy about believing in yourself.  

I  understand what you mean by many starts, mine end up being a blank canvas.

Now I practice mark making before I start, getting into that stream of consciousness. This happened in my last painting.

Helen Tainsh

Studio Journey™, Artist's Journey® & Experimenting with Colors™ Alumnus

Learn The Secrets to Powerful,
Potent Color In Your Paintings

A Six-Module online course where you’ll learn to simplify the complex world of color! Learn how to create dynamic, visually exciting color combinations your eyes will love.

Get inspired to explore and experiment with color in your studio!

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