Category Archives: Color

Color is fundamental to building a painting. Color is actually a mix of hue, saturation, and value.

Why Middle Values are Your Strongest Tool You Don’t Understand… Yet

The sensation of light in a painting is one of the most important characteristics for most realist painters, and impressionist painters.  In relation to color theory, warm vs cool, contrast, color shift, and high or low or middle key are … Continue reading

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30 Paintings and How I Took Them From Good to Great

1 After                 The wave that crosses diagonally needed to be broken up in the right half, so I added a break in the foam. Also, the ocean side of it was too … Continue reading

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VIDEO Color Wheel and Combinations

Learn about color combinations and how to set up a color wheel to determine what ways you can make the best painting from a given base color or set of colors.

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Grays Essentials for Painters

Grays do a couple of things. First, grays enhance the warm and cool variations in a scene that make sunsets, sunrises, bright days, and moonlit nights so spectacular. Second, grays are necessary for keeping colors clean. Grays are crucial in … Continue reading

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Color Combinations for Harmony in Paintings

Here are a few examples of basic color scheme’s that can be used in seascapes and landscapes.  In order to be successful at using a color scheme, the colors must be mixed before painting begins.  Of course, most paintings overall … Continue reading

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Warm and Cool Colors in Paintings

Warm colors are those with red in them.  Cool colors have blue in them.  Pure yellow—yellow without any orange or green tint—will appear more to the cool or warm side depending on the surrounding colors, seriously, check out the images.  … Continue reading

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Simple Value Rules for Painters

Foreground objects have more value variation than distant object. Foreground objects also are overall darker than distant objects. Shadows in the foreground are well defined in value. Distant objects may have differences in color between the shadow and lit planes, … Continue reading

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Painting Value: Light and Dark

Value plays a huge role in the success of a painting.  Value refers to the brightness of a color if it were seen in grayscale.  Any color can have the same value as another color which is why it can … Continue reading

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The Paint Palette

 A palette is not only that thing you’re mixing color on, it also means the color choices themselves.  The choice of your primaries does limit your color options, but only when you stick to those primaries.  That is why … Continue reading

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Color Wheel

The color wheel is a great tool for choosing color schemes and understanding how to mix the color you are interested in obtaining.  The traditional color wheel is made of 3 primary colors—yellow, red, and blue—and any colors between those. … Continue reading

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