Color Mixing to get Great Whites

White Isn’t Always White

One of the mistakes even experienced artists make is to assume that white is actually white. What else would it be? But the white of a shadow on a flower is vastly different from the white of the sun hitting fresh snow, and the mind has a way of interpreting what the eyes sees into a simplified picture. So when we see snow, we see “white.” Yet in a painting, using one form of white is going to leave your painting flat. So how do you capture the full depth of a snowy landscape or the form of petals in a white flower?

This is a subject that many artists have to explore, regardless of medium. Luckily, has experienced instructors who’ve tackled the subject, offering great painting tips for capturing the power and beauty of white.

The Art of Color Mixing for Great Whites

Pollard White FlowersIn Watercolor Unleashed: Painting White Flowers, Julie Gilbert Pollard demonstrates the watercolor painting techniques and color mixing needed to paint beautiful white poppies, adding vibrant color in the shadows and backgrounds to make the delicate petals pop. Chock full of useful information, Julie demonstrates how to paint using delicate washes, brushwork, and edge control to create stunning florals in a finished painting.

Check out the materials list and preview at, or head over to if you prefer to download Watercolor Unleashed: Painting White Flowers or own the DVD.

Color Mixing: White Snow in Pastel

If pastel is your medium of choice, follow Liz Haywood-Sullivan’s advice on how to paint snow, discovering the plethora of colors that are reflected in the snow. You’ll be surprised at how much color goes into a snowy landscape painting, from the mountains in the background and foliage peaking out, to the shadows and reflections of the sky and other objects around.

Preview the video at and get the full materials list, or head over to for the download and DVD, and start painting your own white pastel and watercolor art today.

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