Using Colour to create Mood We have to remember that colour is not a natural phenomenon that follows a set of rules like gravity, it is highly variable depending on the amount of light and the colours of objects adjacent. A car may appear to be red in colour during the day yet may appear black […]

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Painting convincing flesh tones is one of the challenges of portrait painting and with all honesty cannot be achieved by using tubes of flesh tint and portrait pink. Skin is not the same colour all over, it has nuances  of colour and light and shade, so mixing skin tones is always the best policy. In […]

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One of the things that distinguishes one artist from another is their palette – the colours they use to create their paintings. It is often a good idea to limit your palette to just a few colours, I would suggest five. The reason is twofold, one you really have to learn and be creative with […]

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It doesn’t matter whether you are using watercolour, acrylic, oil or pastel if you do not understand your colours and what happens when you mix them together, you are never going to produce a really successful painting. The first essential is to get hold of a colour wheel and look at it carefully. First find […]

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