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Dark-sky rainbow

Dark-sky rainbow

Painting is hard! Colour mixing, perspective, transparency, relative values, which brush to use for which effect, how long to leave a layer before painting on top of it… So many things to think about—and all the while the (acrylic) paint is drying!

But nothing worthwhile is ever easy. That’s why I’m here, learning.

Here’s the reference picture I painted from. (I like dark, dramatic skies.)

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Savvy Painter: Oil painting questions and answers, with Gamblin

This was a fantastically informative episode on oils and oil painting. I particularly appreciated the Q&A on toxicity, but the whole thing was interesting. I’m strongly tempted to switch to oils—and Gamblin in particular—now, when my acrylics run out. My wallet might be the limiting factor though.

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Pocket colour wheel

I’ve got a bad cold and am feeling really lousy today, but I went to a local stationery store about bought a few small canvas boards (8x10s) and this colour wheel. I’m really pleased I got it. It covers all the basics of colour theory, including giving explanations of terms such as hue, value, intensity (saturation/chroma), tint, tone, and shade. I think it’ll come in really handy when I’m mixing colours and considering colour schemes for my paintings—certainly more handy than my home-made job. 🙂

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Practising trees and clouds

Tree and clouds

Or rather, a tree and clouds. I didn’t really think about composition with this one. Too much to think about with colour mixing and just trying to get something that resembled a real scene onto the paper. Always learning!

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Colour field

Colour field

My sixth project from Little Ways to Learn Acrylics. The border should have been a lot subtler, so the blue showed through more. Not quite a Rothko. 🙂