Oil Painting Workshop #2 – How to Mix Colors Painting Demonstration – Painting Color Spots
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Oil Painting Workshop #2 – How to Mix Colors Painting Demonstration – Painting Color Spots


After a painting session, when you have a
bunch of paint leftover on your palette and you still have some energy to paint, it’s
really fun to do the color mixing practice that I will demonstrate in this video. One of the benefits of getting good at painting
color spots is that you can go into a painting that you’ve set aside and get pretty good
color matches right off the bat. Likewise if you have a painting that is almost
finished but needs a little work, the color spot exercise primes you for being able to
get right back to the place you need to be colorwise. I’m Sarah F. Jayne. Welcome to this episode
of my painting videos. One of the best surfaces for painting color
spots are the color samples leftover from redecorating. The matte finish samples work
the best. Also, it’s nice to have a large space. Although charts like this are quite attractive,
you may not have enough space if a color turns out to be challenging to mix. It can also be useful to paint color spots
on a subject that you’re working on. Here, I’ve been working on tulips. The trick here
is to find pictures that have large color masses so that you have ample room to do color
spots and get the match. I tape the color samples to a board so that
they will be ready to go. Choose a color card, then on your palette,
get as close as you can to mixing that color. When you think you have it, make s small dab
of it on the card. I count it as close enough when I squint and
the dot that I’ve painted disappears. Keep in mind that your paint spot will dry
a slightly different color. Here’s one that obviously took some time. It came out much too warm, and then it came
out too cool, it came out too green and then it came out too gray, and finally it proceeded
down to a pretty darn good match. In this case it took me eight spots. It’s
fun to have little competitions with yourself. I suggest that you paint your color spots
in a sequence. That way you can see your progression of getting closer to your color. This one I’m going to paint rather deliberately
wrong so that we can walk through the different possibilities for evaluating our color spots. So obviously this is a green, a rather dull
olivey green. I have my colors placed on my palette in the order of a color wheel. This
allows me to make alot of dolor decisions and to be constantly thinking about color
theory and learning about it as well. So I’m thinking the color that I’m aiming
for, this light olivey green will fall right about here in the color wheel. Now let’s just say that I think this is pretty
close. Now we can all see that it’s not close, but let’s evaluate it. So you put it down
there. You look at it and squint. Here we have really
truly an intensity issue and a slight hue isssue, more than anything an intensity issue. This is just way too colorful for this dull
color sample that we’re trying to mix. We know that to dull a color down, we need to
go for its complement so let’s bring in some cadmium red. We’re going to mix the whole pile which is
always a mistake to do. But let’s do it anyway. Because this is our bad example and you can
see the value is still pretty close but we need to think now with this current pile we
have.. .we don’t need to lighten or darken it. . . if we can keep this value, we’ll be
doing very well. I’m feeling like it needs to get a little
cooler and lean a little bit more toward blue, but the other thing it needs, it needs to
be dulled down. This is where doing this exercise with a whole bunch of crazy little mixes after
a painting a painting is perfect. I want to try to go closer, it’s a bit risky.
It’s like being in Las Vegas playing a card game and saying ‘slap me one more’ and then
you go over 21. Well, I obviously don’t play cards that much but. . . That’s the thinking. So you think of value,
you think is the hue right, and you think is the intensity right? Thank you for joining me. I hope you’ve enjoyed
this video! I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel–oldgarden–by clicking on
the subscribe button below this video. I regularly post videos with mini-demonstrations and painting
tips. I look forward to painting with you! Oh well….OK . . well . . .

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