Remember the Primary Colors

The primary colors are red, yellow and blue. They are present in almost every scene and they belong in almost every painting. When painting outside in nature the blues, yellows and greens often overwhelm us. It is a good practice to look for the warm colors – especially reds. They are often more subtle.

A Look Back #1

About 15 years ago I went through a phase where I painted people at the beach in very tight compositions. I think it was an important exercise because I was still learning how to understand natural color and the effects of light in the real world. Illustrators often take liberties with color and light for the purpose of telling a story – that … More A Look Back #1

High and Dry

That’s me in the wide brim hat conducting an impromptu art lesson in the Arizona desert. The artist farthest away from me down the road on the far right is Curt Walters the great painter of the Grand Canyon. (Photo is by Gina Ward)