Color is a constant torment and joy said Claude Monet. What artist could disagree? If you paint as a hobby or strive for professional success it makes no difference. The quest for beautiful color applies to every artist. It is the single unifying quality beyond subject, concept or genre. We must find our way with color.
With this in mind I have prepared a compilation of all my best color tips, recipes, advice and videos to help you with your color mixing quest. Dive in and find out how to make your colors sing.
Many artists want to loosen up their painting style. A loose and painterly approach to creating paintings in an impressionist style is highly desirable. But to get that loose and expressive style can be very difficult. In this article I am going to give you my number one tip for changing a tight style to a loose one.
Ready to change?
Do your paintings look flat and lifeless? Do you struggle to visualise your painting from a photograph? Do you need to see another artist's work to get ideas for your paintings? If you cannot confidently transform your painting ideas into something beautiful on canvas you are not alone.
This article will help you escape from being stuck to creating paintings with life, light and that are unique to you. Read on.
Do you want to improve your painting quickly? You can with plein air painting. Even if you are unsure about plein air you will learn so much from this approach. To make your outdoor painting easier I am going to give you top painting tips. There is a fun video showing you around the Karoo area where I painted recently painted plein air.
Plus a link to my Free Plein Air Painting Guide. Let's dive in!
Do you find it difficult to use thick paint? Does the thought of textured brush marks make you nervous? This article and video lesson is all about using thick paint without fear. It is about breaking away from flat, blended painting surfaces. Painting in a generous, impressionistic manner.
Do you love visiting the beach? Summer holidays, wild winter walks along the sand dunes, sunrise or sunset along golden sands. All your senses engaged in the sounds, sights and smells of the beach and sea. It is special alright. For the artist there are subjects to paint galore. But tricky as well if you want to describe the light accurately. Mixing the color of sand, for example, is important since it is, well … the beach!
In this article I take a closer look at painting the colors of the beach. Grab your sand-board and let’s get started.
Color mixing remains a constant challenge for artists. Most of the questions that I get from students is how to mix certain colors. Of these many relate to mixing flesh colors. This is understandable when you consider the colors used by masters like Rembrandt. Look at the portrait of Rembrandt above. The variety of colors used are astonishing. A magnificent achievement. How can our paltry color mixes come close to this?
In this article I will give you the exact process that you can follow to get better at mixing flesh tones.
What is gouache you may be asking? Well you will feel familiar with gouache if you try it out. It instantly reminded me of painting in primary school. Remember that powder paint mixed in water back in the day? Ah…good times! Except that school paint was horrible. But proper artists gouache is brilliant for painting with. Let me tell you more about it in this article.
What do you need to setup your plein air painting adventure? Glad you asked because in this three part series of videos I am going to show you exactly how. First we look at the materials you need to make a go of your plein air painting. Then we take a little trip to the beach to paint a study in oils. Then back to the studio to consider the painting. All in all plein air painting is a delight when you have the basics in place. So let's dive into the world of plein air.
Do you want to see your painting skills progress over time? Sure you do and so will anyone who loves painting. Practice plays a big part. Nothing beats time spent actually painting. But learning new techniques to add to your experience is vital too. You know the old adage about doing the same thing and expecting different results right? Not going to happen. I have covered beginners tips on acrylic painting before. In this article and video I am going to show you a few more advanced tips.
Ready to learn more about acrylic painting?