Students studying colour


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In order to paint in colour, you need to know how to handle colours! What we do here at the studio is to chart out all your colours, learn how to mix them properly to get what you want, and when you don't get what you want, why that is and how to fix it.

The first thing they always do, are the charts. This familiarizes them with the colours they have, and how the primary colours and secondary colours work together, and how special charts such as their greens mixed with their browns and oranges work, blacks mixed with yellows and reds, and so forth. If you don't know how your colour work, you sure can't use them in a painting.







Prior to painting the setup, still life, landscape, portrait, whatever, it is wise to do a colour study first. Here a student is doing a study of the colours to help her get started. Once the colours are on the canvas, then of course they can be fine tuned to be more what she wants. This is the great value of having done all the colour charts. With the charts, you already have all your colours out in front of you, and so you don't need to open each tube of 'red' to see how it actually looks. Simply open up your chart to the 'reddish' colours, and pick out what you see. This is the fastest way I know to get started and be reasonably accurate in picking your colours. Spending a dozen hours doing the charts saves you time on every single painting you do.


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