When you buy paint you only need 5 tubes of color. Essentially your primary colors and black and white.

Red, Blue, Yellow with these 3 primary colors 

you can make anything on the color wheel.

To make your hues and tints you need black and white.

Tints are created with white
Pastel colors

Hues have elements of black with them.
Murky muddy color

Any more than 5 colors is just a matter of preference. Short cuts so one does not have to mix every single color and variation.

The color wheel has 12 colors.


Proper form in tertiary colors (2 Primary colors mixed together)
Is to state the primary color first. Red Violet not violet red. 
Or Red orange not orange red.

With the three primary colors you can create the secondary colors green, orange and violet.

When a primary and a secondary color are mixed they create the tertiary colors: blue-violet, red-violet, red orange, yellow orange, yellow green and blue-green.

Blue green is my favorite color. :)

One can create interesting and dynamic effects by utilizing complementary colors.
Colors that are on the opposite side of the color wheel.

When these 2 colors are combined it draws attention.

Colors that don't go together but harmonize at the same time.

Blue> Orange.

When you mix them together they can create brown.

The most popular example in America is Red and Green (Christmas colors) Or the sports team Denver Broncos. Color psychology is a fascinating field. Even knowing a little bit can really improve the way people perceive your paintings.

Their are two different families in colors Warm and Cool colors.
Using these colors vary in the effect you are trying to express.

Warm colors tend to be bright and generally inviting.

Yellow- Orange
Red- Violet

Cool colors tend to be calming and subdued.

Blue- Violet

With every rule there are exceptions and ones that can be broken. These are general basic rules.

I really starting using compliments consciously in a painting I did years ago.
Old picture so blurry!
It was never finished but I liked the effect of the base under painting was a bright compliment and when I painted on top of it really intensified the colors I was using in the painting.

I was inspired recently by a friend who was showing me her pictures. She is a florist and I really liked the composition of one of her flower arrangements. So I started a painting of her lilacs.

I start most of my paintings with a subdued burnt umber. Even in the sketch I am conscious of color. Wanting the background to be yellow and using blue for the sketch.

So I picked yellow and blue.
Yellow provokes memories and sometimes can be disturbing to elderly and babies.
Blue - Calming effect but too much can cause melancholy... the "blues."

Color psychology is an interesting topic how people perceive and feel colors and their response. Even cultural differences like in the East white is the color of mourning and in the West black is the color.

Once the basic sketch is outlined. Next is painting 
shapes and large blocks of color before going in for the smaller details.

A useful trick I learned in art school is to at least if you have time spend at least 2 days for each phase of a painting to keep your eyes fresh. I let it sit for a day and can notice minor mistakes or the temptation to paint when you are tired and throw you paint around mindless thus messing up your painting!

In every painting there are phases of uncertainty, doubt the ugly phase or hating your painting. It is a struggle but persevere! Because it gets better or just another practice throwaway for the next good piece you'll produce.

Sorry about the unexpected hiatus!

 Hello I've been taking time off because I had an injury back in March. I am still not 100% better and have not recovered my full strength back yet. I have been doing physical therapy and someone warned me that when you do start the therapy it is almost like getting re-injured again with the pain you feel reactivating muscles! At times some of my bones get misplaced which feel awkward!

I am not feeling pain daily anymore and it helps with all of the unknowns becoming known.
It was a struggle at first mentally and physically it is demoralizing for an artist to be out in one of their arms. I learned how to be ambidextrous in case something like that ever happened but I was not mentally prepared for it.

Also I have been away from blogging and computer. I've been enjoying life and many things and experiences.

Last week I had this treatment done and I couldn't move for almost the whole week! 
To think that was last week.

So actually I got a new camera back in March but was not able to use it! It would hurt to do a lifting motion and I would use it very sparingly.

 The model I have is the Sony cybershot hx300. It shoots at a extremely high resolution The zoom is fantastic. Makes my job easy for photographing artwork and when I did the book review.

I attended a wedding last week
Originally the bride requested I be the photographer. Which was a honor but fortunately they thought about my condition and asked someone else who takes spectacular pictures and it is quite humble. It was interesting how friends and strangers can talk about life experience and have almost an instant bond and comradery. I knew the bride for the last couple of years. She deserves to be happy after going through so much and not letting the struggle show.

I took that

Or even kicking back and having bison burgers with friends and playing mortal kombat. Got got my butt kicked at first but then became undefeated later. I ate some humble pie but then ascended to my throne. I know I own when I beat someone at their game or use the weakest weapon. My friend likes to uses Cyber Cyrax. And another person had luck with the ugliest characters in the game. I'm a total Sub Zero fan. Scorpion is overrated...

One thing I am passionate about is Astronomy and Nephology. 
I am not pro but know a great deal for a hobbyist.

Last week for the first time in about 60,000  years Mars has been the closet to Earth and will remain so until June 12th.  If you thought and was suspicious of this giant red star. Well that was Mars. With atmospheric interference, green house effect, yada yada it looks like a star, unless you have a telescope you cannot see all of the details. I heard you can see the polar ice caps in great detail! Also Saturn is visible and can be mistaken as a white star. Jupiter is also visible!

One can see Mercury at sunset, it is difficult to find and see with the sun getting in the way.

Summer is an exciting time for star gazers because on  a clear night you can actually see part of the spiral of the milky way galaxy which is awesome. It beats being severely cold waiting for winter constellations.

The next camera I will get will be specifically for night shots. All the cameras I have owned their weakness is night time shooting. I really want to take pictures of moon craters and go to a place where one can see the stars un-hindered with complete visibility. 
Back in school one assignment was taking pictures of moon craters. 
(This was after some time I took pictures of the Mars Lunar eclipse.) 
I didn't win but I won style points for presentation. 
One girl was actually able to do it. 
It was amazing.
The huge dot on the right is Mars.

I was testing the zoom on my new camera and this was actually the neighboring apartment complex.

In all the places I have lived in the last several years except my last apartment, doves lived and had nests in the neighborhoods I lived in. I think there is something spiritual about that. I saw one at my neighbors roof, it is a good more than 100 ft away.  I took this from my living room window and I hope nobody saw me because they would think I am a creeper!

Sorry Prince if you ever heard doves cry it is annoying and not so catchy. 

I will definitely get back on a regular release schedule!
Thank you for all the support. 
I am encouraged to paint again. 
After not being motivated or inspired. 

I hope to encourage and motivate your drawing or whatever craft you do!