Each week there will be an unannounced topic of interest to help my Gold – Apprentice Level members expand their knowledge of the principles of painting and how to be a better artist. These will linger for three weeks as new topics will emerge.
When I was a young artist, learning my craft, one of the few tips that was given was that, “One good art book is worth two years in any art school.” I began to buy art books like a fanatic and would often rate them by how much highlighter I used. Sometimes one book would have a single sentence that made the whole purchase worth it. I spent between $10.00 – hundreds of dollars for single books. I have a collection today that has cost me thousands of dollars. Now, I plan to share my in depth knowledge with YOU, so buckle up and enjoy!
October 3, 2015
I remember as an art student always hearing professors refer to poor painting color choices as:
As a young artist, this baffled me. Are they saying the color looks like mud? Muddy color is simply placing a warm piece of paint next to another warm piece of paint or the opposite—a cool piece of paint next to another cool piece of paint. The result is always flat, uninteresting color. If you keep this in mind as you paint and fix it, your color will “sing”. You can approach the problem in two ways. You can either work warm, cool, warm, cool, always being sure the stroke that follows over the top of the previous stroke has an opposite temperature. Or you can go back to an area of a painting when it is finished, find the mud and lay insome opposite temperature paint.
Learning to see mud in your paintings is the first step in mastering the principles of color. There are two scenarios where mud will usually occur. One is where you have a dominant warm light next to a dominant warm shadow. Or a solid shape where the color is completely warm. The same is true for cool colors as well.
Do everything you can to not have a square inch of mud in your painting.
Usually color is not laid out that simple. Colors will be blended or stroked on top of each other. But, you must learn to recognize muddy color when you see it.
Next week I’ll talk about “Jewels of Color.” Feel free to email me questions and I’ll post the answers on the website.