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.
I bring these blank canvas chips along with me when I’m painting outdoors. By holding them up to the landscape I can get the right match. Workshop students will have a chance to try this during the summer sessions. I’ll bring extras so you can try it with me. Workshop Sign Ups
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