How to mix colors, one of the most difficult things for most artists working in any medium. I talk about color on several sections of the site, but really, this just scratches the surface. Lets face it, there are thousands of books in libraries on the subject.
The problem I have found in most "How to" books, the information is either out dated, or worse - so boring you lose interest quickly!
Welcome to a breath of fresh air! and some very good art instruction on this very complex subject.
I've been fortunate to review an entire video course that has both video, lesson notes, exercises, demonstrations and tools to use to help you grasp this subject. And it keeps your interest level high and engaged!
Let me just say right off, you will be a better artist for this course. And yes, I do get a bit of a commission if you purchase it through me. Even if I didn't, I would promote it. Why? It's just that good. I use it in my own paintings.
The course covers so much in how to mix colors, paint color combinations, and more great color mixing charts than you can shake a stick at. Let me tell you just a little about what I found in this course.
This course will:
This chapter starts off in explaining how and why the course was developed. Because of the many workshops he has done, his number one problem that students would want answered were how to mix colors. And as he developed his courses, was able to see and observe with his own eyes a students worry and fear turn to a joy and adventure when addressing color.
He then moves straight into the history of color theory and summarizes this in a very understandable way . Not your usual boring color theory and art history books that are collecting dust throughout the world's libraries. Video makes this chapter and sometimes difficult subject really come alive!
It's also the chapter that you can download for a preview of the course! For free!
Download the free chapter now to get an idea!
A great description of how our anatomy works in relation to colors. How our eyes and brain conceive color and how different forms of lighting have such an effect on what you see versus what is actually there.
It shows how color changes depending on it’s surrounding colors and light, and how great artists of the past have shown us techniques to be able to accurately determine color when we are viewing our subject matter.
There are things in this chapter you will not believe until you see them. But he shows you how your eyes can really play tricks on you when it comes to color.
Have you figured out the relationship between "A" and "B" yet? If you think they are different colors, you'll have to look again.
They are the same color! Sometimes seeing is not believing. Get this how to mix colors course to see why!
Still don't believe me? Take a piece of paper and cut out 2 holes that line up with the A and B on the cube. If your fingers are the right size, you can just cover the surrounding squares with them so that only the A/B squares show through. In this way, you only see the two squares and not the surrounding colors.
I'm amazed at this! You'll be amazed too! Order yours now!
Richard explains how to work your way through the maze of describing color. With so many terms being used today for color, (shade, tint, saturation, intensity, chroma, luminance, brightness, purity, brilliance just to name a few).
He narrows these down to tone, tint and shade in describing color harmony and balance within your painting (and the special formula to use in creating it, and it is Brilliant!) He also discusses the Munsell color system in how to mix colors, but in terms that we all can quickly grasp.
Some great graphics are used in describing how we can describe color in a very reasonable way. Hue, Value and Chroma, their definitions and how we use these in analyzing color. He also shows a great tool (a color checker/tester shown below) that is included in the lesson in helping you analyze color so that you can match it exactly within your painting.
Something that I preach on my site, when you get this right, your painting will succeed. A great exercise and tools are presented to make this step easy! I like easy.
The cut out's that are used are excellent props! These are printed out and folded cubes of various colors and values of gray. The use of his color checker, and value scale are shown in actual use while painting. Having an actual video of this does so much better than a printed version. A great demonstration.
He uses additional explanations for beginners concerning soft and sharp edges. He shows an idea about using a printed gray scale and your palette that I will be using from this day forward. It is such a great practical idea! You have to get the video to believe this simple technique! A little hint, I use a glass palette, which allows me to ....
A super explanation of colors, and the numerous color wheels available. He gives a web address of one of the best color wheels, and the matching paint name available today. It’s one that will soon be on my wall along with the rest of my quick reference charts. I won’t reveal it here though, you gotta get the course.
It’s surprising how close his actual working palette is in reference to what I actually use in my painting! So this is another thumbs up from me! In this chapter of how to mix colors he gives a very good explanation of color behavior, both on the palette and the canvas.
How they behave straight from the tube, to when you mix them.
He also gives a step by step procedure in how to match a color.
This five step process is a invaluable tool. This alone is probably worth the entire course. He doesn’t just talk about the steps, he shows them in a demonstration with cube studies, and includes all his struggles to match a set of colors from his subject to the canvas!
An explanation of low key, and high key paintings. High chroma verses low chroma paintings. The moods and excitement that can be created within them. How to mix colors and gray that will change the mood of your painting, and the use of gray to change the focal point within your work.
He also talks about halftones, and how to create them to create form within your paintings. Using the cylinder studies with cylinders you create are a perfect way to learn this concept.
The Cylinders, cubes, color checking tool, and value scale are all included within the downloads, you print these out and put them together using photo paper.
Another great demonstration shows you step by step how to blend a round object! This is a super example for beginners and intermediate artists. And something that is difficult to show with just pictures.
Here, Richard talks about the many different color harmony techniques/theories. He helps you understand a few methods starting with limited palette through more advanced color schemes and theories. This lesson also includes some great color wheel tools.
Richard talks about brush stroke techniques here. Excellent demonstrations show you how to make smooth transitions for use in your paintings. Subjects include wet in wet, glazing, scumbling, and rubbing back.
Richard also talks about new materials available to the artist. This was very exciting to me, because I get a great deal of emails concerning oil/solvents and safety. These new materials act just like oils, but are acrylic. They are especially suited for folks that can’t be exposed to solvents and oil paints, but want the paint to act, feel and look like oils.
The most exciting part of this chapter is capturing the “Glowing Effect” that you see in some powerful paintings. If you're not sure what this is, then, look at some of the Hudson River School of luminous painters, or paintings created by Turner. There is a glowing aspect within the work that some artists never achieve. Now, you can learn these secrets!
See this painting below, it is a direct result of some of Richards teachings on using color contrasts and atmospheric perspective.
If you are one of these people that will read or watch an instructional video, and not put any effort in doing the exercises, well, you get out what you put into anything, and that includes this course on how to mix colors. If you don't practice the exercises, you will not cement the information into your head and studio practices of how to mix colors.
Once you've completed a chapter, go straight to your studio or painting place and put into practice what you've just learned by doing the exercises. This will reinforce the information into your brain and will help make the information become second nature to you when you are working on a real painting. Heck, some of the exercises, you will end up showing and possibly selling as finished pieces of art.
If you intend to just watch it, and then just put it on the shelf expecting the knowledge to burst forth during your next painting session, well, maybe it's not for you. You need to try the demonstrations, as this is where the true learning takes place. And you'll truly know how to mix colors with no fear or apprehension!
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