Want to be an Artist? You need to know… PART 2

30th November 2018 2:42 pm

Colour Mixing

This is the second in my series on, ‘You want to be an artist’. This art tutorial covers how to use colour. We start by explaining how to use the 12 colour, colour wheel. Understanding how the colour wheel works is essential for an artist. Starting with the basics of colour mixing, I explain about  the 3 primary colours; red, yellow and blue and the 3 secondary colour;s green orange and purple. All other colours on the colour wheel are called tertiary colours. The art tutorial is based on discussing a variety of different colour schemes that you can apply to your painting.

The following colour schemes are considered: complementary, split complementary, analogous and near complementary colour schemes. How can you apply these colour schemes to your own painting?  Examples of great paintings by artists such as Van Gogh, Claude Monet and Edvard Munch are shown to give you some ideas. I have analysed  the colour schemes these great artists used,  because you might want to create the schemes yourself. Mixing the colour schemes is also demonstrated. Particularly, how to mix greys by mixing complementary colours together on your palette.

Who will Benefit

This art tutorial is aimed at beginners and those in school who are learning about colour and colour mixing. People with the aim of becoming artists will also benefit. Those who want to learn how to use colour to create different moods in their own painting are also accommodated.


I’d like to thank the following patrons whose support in the making of this video is much appreciated: Richard Chapple, Ivan Gilbert Rappaport, Farida Grewal, Dale Folan, Tanya Siann, Willy Lemmon

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