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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...

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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.