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
My workshops are ready for anyone interested, beginners welcome. $150 for a fun weekend of outdoor painting. I discuss everything from composition and color mixing to how to use a viewfinder properly. Formal attire is not required! This is just a picture of me and my friend Alicia having some fun. Pick a Shasha workshop for yourself: … More Ready for your art lesson?
Two quick oil studies of a mountain in Oro Valley, Arizona. One is from late in the day, picking up full sun. The other is from a nearby hotel courtyard earlier in the morning with some palm trees.
Here’s a quick little study of the mountains and some red roofs in Oro Valley, Arizona (6×8). Good paintings are more about the major shapes not the little details.
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)
I was in Tucson, Arizona last week painting the desert as part of the Plein Air Convention and Expo. It was a great opportunity to experience an unfamiliar territory and I really liked it. I hope to return soon to do it again. It was hot and I wanted to cover a lot of ground … More Painting the Desert in Arizona
Begin with an approximate mix. Cover the end of a chip (a small piece of canvas paper) and compare it to what is actually there. Then squint. If the end of the chip disappears into the scenery, you have found exactly the right color. Workshops coming soon.