Color Mixing & The Art of Tone Value & Scheme

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Plein Air Palettes

Feeling mischievous? Ask a group of painters what colors are best for a plein air palette—then sit back and enjoy the show! But, as Michael Chesley Johnson explains, there are some basic considerations when selecting a palette for painting en plein air.

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Color Mixing Demo with Koo Schadler

This demonstration is from “What Color Is Red?” by Koo Shadler from the January/February issue of The Artist’s Magazine. Lesson in Local Color By Koo Schadler Image 1 is a simple still life photo that I give to students as a preliminary painting exercise. Not uncommonly, a student begins by identifying the local colors of the various...

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Be Forever Inspired by Light and Color

Capturing the light falling on a subject is a challenge that artists have sought out for centuries. In order to convey the mood and atmosphere of light in the medium of pastel,we must learn how color communicates light’s temperature, and select our pigments accordingly.

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Kick up the Color!

While I wouldn’t describe all of Patti Mollica’s paintings as quiet, I would say they’re humbly bold. She could use all the colors of the rainbow, but instead she goes in for the win by narrowing her choices, coming up with art that speaks volumes.

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The Quality of Color | A Tonalist Approach

Many painters are drawn to color like bees to honey. The kaleidoscopic array of intense color choices available today is due in large part to the introduction of new organic pigments, such as Anthraquinone, Dioxazine, Hansa, Napthol, Phthalo and Quinacridone. These pigments are capable of retaining a high chromatic intensity across a range of...