Color Mixing & The Art of Tone Value & Scheme

Over Watkins landscape painting by Brian Keeler

Painting During the Golden Hour

It's no secret that Brian Keeler's landscape paintings are filled with stunning light. The sunsets in his work are quiet, and take us to a time and place where drivers wave to each other on the backroads, and folks sit on their front porches with glasses of sun tea as they watch the clouds...

50 Shades of GREEN

Color Mixing & Celebrating Spring Happy St. Patrick’s Day! By all means, sip up the green beer, have green eggs and ham (blegh!), wear green (or, sometimes, orange), and pinch away at everyone who doesn’t play along, but for us artists this holiday means indulging the opportunity to celebrate the earthy, greedy, jealous, fertile,...

Creating Mandalas for Personal Insights

The act of making mandala art is not only relaxing, it has the wonderful side effect of self-discovery. I had the joy of working on Cassia Cogger‘s band new book Creating Personal Mandalas and I finally got around to trying out two exercises in the book that have intrigued me. Another opportunity I’d been...

Master the Basics with a Color Mixing Lesson from Mark Menendez

Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been painting for years, the ability to work confidently with color is one of the most essential skills an artist can possess. This color mixing lesson from Mark Menendez is a perfect introduction for beginners and a great review for more advanced painters! Remember when you first...

How to Mix Amazing Grays in Watercolor

Color mixing is something I’m good at. Watercolor, acrylic, encaustic: I can mix and match and get just what I’d been hoping for – sometimes something even better than I’d hoped for. I discovered this fact quite by accident a couple of years ago, and it’s come in quite handy. I can save money...