Color Mixing

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.

My jam currently

                                        I got my mind on my money. 


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