what makes a painting sing?
- Color is what makes a painting sing!
The basic techniques of composition, focal point, values and color all make "Mister Pelican" sing.
The high value contrast makes it a striking painting.
Complimentary colors accent the value contrast. It also uses warm against cool colors.
If this painting was in black and white, it would not sing.
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mix paint colors and make your paintings sing!
can you mix primary colors?
The beautiful primary colors yellow, blue and red are equally spaced around the Color Wheel.
All colors are made from these basic three colors.
- Primary colors cannot be mixed from other colors.
However, all the other colors on the color wheel can be mixed from the three primaries.
- When we mix paint colors from our palette we save money and don't have to spend a lot at the paint store.
make all the other colors.
Some top-notch professional artists use a limited palette based on only the primary colors plus white. They mix all their other colors.
Professional grade paints contain more pigment and make brighter colors than student grade paint.
Use single pigment paints to mix clean, clear colors. What are the paint colors are on my palette?
mix the secondary colors
- Get your paint colors out and mix these colors.
- It's fun and you will be surprised how easy it is.
Mix two primary colors together to get the secondary colors orange, green and violet.
- Mix paint colors with a palette knife to save paint.
Colors that are not thoroughly mixed give more interest to your paintings.
Learn how to make variations of green.
Mix the secondary colors
- Add black to any color to make a shade that is darker and duller than the original color.
- Mixing grey with any color will create tones.
- Mix white with any color to get tints of the original color.
However, adding white to a color will give it a chalky appearance.
An artistic way to lighten and brighten a color is to add the lighter color next to it on the color wheel.
For example, lighten orange by adding yellow. Lighten red by adding orange.
The colors will remain bright and lively without a chalky appearance.
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Do it like the professionals. Mix your own colors.
how to mix warm colors
- Any color containing yellow is considered a warm color.
We mix warm colors with the primary color yellow or the secondary color orange, which contains yellow.
Warm colors are known to "advance" toward us.
They normally are used in the foreground and middle ground of a painting.
Also, they are used to make areas of an object look closer.
If we are painting an orange, the center part which is bulging toward us, would be painted warm. The sides that turn away from us would be painted cooler.
Warm colors contain yellow.
how to mix cool colors
- Colors containing blue are considered cool colors.
When you want a cool color, mix
paint colors with the primary color blue. You may also mix a color with the
secondary colors green or purple because they contain blue.
Cool colors recede in the painting and look farther away.
Create distance in landscapes by mixing a bit of blue into the background areas.
Make the edge of an object turn away with the addition of cool colors.
We also can use cool colors to set one object behind another.
Cool colors contain blue.
mix your own black, brown or grey
There two ways to mix your own dark colors.
- Mix the three primary colors blue, yellow and red together.
- Or mix two complimentary
Complimentary colors are any colors directly across from each other on the color wheel.
The compliment of primary colors is always a secondary color.
Secondary colors are a combination of two primaries.
When we mix a primary with its compliment, we are actually mixing the three primary colors together.
- Example - Mix primary red with its compliment secondary green.
Mixing red and green combines the 3 primaries because green is a combination of blue and yellow.
Look across the color wheel to find the compliment of any color.
- Professional Tip - Mix your dark colors from the colors you are currently
using in an individual painting. The mixed colors will harmonize with
the painting because they come from colors already in the painting.
my favorite dark mixtures
Viridian Green and Alizarin Crimson easily make a black.
We may slant the black toward green or red by adding additional Viridian or Alizarin.
Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue can make a brown or a black. I often use this combination in tree trunks.
Adding more Ultramarine will make a cool black. Or use more Burnt Sienna to make a warm brown.
Viridian and Alizarin make black.
Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine
make brown or black.
how to mix greens
Blue and yellow mixed together make green.
Thalo Blue is a very strong color. Use just a bit of it with your primary yellow for a beautiful green.
- When you are mixing paint colors always add the dark color to the lighter color, not the other way around.
Get a spring green by adding more yellow to the green.
Add more blue to the green for a blue-green.
Add red to green for a darker, more subdued green.
Mixing green colors
Mix Paint Colors