Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mixing Colors and Studio Tips

                                                 MIXING COLORS 

Some artists like to mix colors as they go along; others premix the colors they think they are going to use before they begin the painting session. It is a concept that mixing as you go along breaks the momentum.

Titanium white should always be put out in a generous amount, as most colors used will use this as a mix.

Avoid contaminating the dark colors and the light colors.  Keep the blacks and browns no where near the whites and yellows on the palette.

Best idea to mix colors with a palette knife (especially for large areas). This will not saturate the brush with color. If you use the brush to mix color, do it with the tip of the brush.

Understanding Color Terms:

  1. Hue:  describes color, such as red, blue, yellow or green.
  2. Chroma: the intensity of color. A pure color like Cadmium Orange is a high Chroma orange, while Burnt Sienna is a low color Orange.
  3.  Value: The range between dark and light. White is the lightest value, black is the darkest value. If you adjust the hue of the color, you change its chroma and value. If you adjust value of the color, you change the hue and chroma.  All 3 properties are inter-related.
4. Distance: Colors and values soften as the distance increases, as well as size and clarity.

                                SOME  STUDIO TIPS

  1. Stand back from the painting as you paint (every 10-15 minutes)
  2. Keep it convenient : Keep everything you will need for the painting session at your finger-tips
  3. Good light source
  4. Good Ventilation
  5. Studio Furniture (easel,table,bookcase that has sources, etc)

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