Feelin' Green

With Saint Patricks Day coming on Tuesday, I thought I would discuss the proper use of the color green. If you have taken a class from me, you have heard me say, "DON'T STIR UP YOUR COLORS." When mixing yellow and blue together, leave a little space between them on your palette and just gently push the colors together with an "S" stroke. This will result in a mixture that includes little bits of yellow and blue as well as different shades of green. This is much more exciting to work with than a flat green that results from stirring up the two colors. I do have the colors olive green, terra verde, and perylene green on my palette and I mix them with yellows and blues to get different gre

Opposites Do Attract

Painting in Denver Botanic Gardens is always exciting because there are so many colors to work with. The possibilities can be overwhelming so using a complimentary color scheme can provide a logical starting point. In this case, I found a place in the garden where the complimentary colors blue and orange were mingled together in a very appealing way. I started with the round orange flowers and painted them with several shades of orange and visible brush strokes. This gave them volume and changed them from flat shapes into forms. I made sure that some overlapped each other and each one was slightly different. The blue flowers were a completely different shape and I created a loose effe

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