Dan Scott, Maryvale, Overcast, 2022

On the Easel: Maryvale, Overcast

By Dan Scott / May 27, 2022 / Comments Off on On the Easel: Maryvale, Overcast

(My “On the Easel” posts give you a behind-the-scenes look at what I am working on, what went well, what went wrong, and things I learn.) Let’s take a look at how I painted Maryvale, Overcast. It’s a simple landscape with rich greens, dark trees, and a moody sky.  Dan Scott, Maryvale, Overcast, 2022 Reference … Read more

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Two Sisters (On the Terrace), 1881

How to Paint Like Pierre-Auguste Renoir

By Dan Scott / April 14, 2022 / 56 Comments

“For me … a painting should be something to cherish, joyous and pretty, yes pretty!” Pierre-Auguste Renoir Let’s take a look at how to paint like Pierre-Auguste Renoir. I’ve never been much a fan of Renoir’s work. That was until I saw one of his paintings at the European Masters exhibition. A Young Girl With … Read more

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Color Charts (4)

Creating the Richard Schmid Color Charts

By Dan Scott / March 9, 2020 / 93 Comments

I have been busy over the past few weeks creating color charts as recommended by Richard Schmid in his book Alla Prima. My charts are still in progress, but I thought I would publish this post in the meantime for others who may want to join me in doing this exercise. I will run through … Read more

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Dan Scott, Queenstown, New Zealand, 2019

Color Mixing and Application – The Ultimate Guide for Artists

By Dan Scott / September 27, 2019 / 26 Comments

Successful use of color in painting requires a thorough understanding of both color theory and color mixing and application. I wrote about the theory in a previous post. This post will provide you with everything you need to know about color mixing and application. George Henry, River Landscape by Moonlight, 1887 Contents Basic Color Mixing … Read more

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Split Primary Palette

Split Primary Color Palette – Using It to Mix Vivid Secondary Colors

By Dan Scott / May 5, 2019 / 41 Comments

A split primary color palette refers to a palette of colors with both warm and cool variations of the primary colors (being red, blue and yellow). The purpose is to mix a wider gamut of colors. I explain this in more detail below. Color Wheel Using Just the Primary Colors Mixing a color wheel using … Read more

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Sir Isaac Newton

Subtractive and Additive Color – Different Systems for How We See Color

By Dan Scott / April 23, 2019 / 53 Comments

There are two systems which determine how we see color – subtractive and additive color. As an artist, it is essential that you understand these two color systems so that you can make informed decisions about the colors you use. Subtractive Color Subtractive color is how we see color in paints. It is the result … Read more

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Paul Gauguin, Still Life With Oranges, 1881

How to Mix Vivid Orange

By Dan Scott / April 17, 2019 / 39 Comments

In this post I walk you through how to mix your own vivid orange using different red and yellow paints. The purpose of this exercise is to deepen your understanding of color mixing, color bias and the limitations of our paints. Joaquín Sorolla, Mending Sails, 1904 What Colors Make Orange? Let’s take a step back … Read more

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Color Schemes in Art

By Dan Scott / March 7, 2019 / 15 Comments

This is a detailed guide on color schemes. I’ll discuss what they are, the different types, and provide master examples. What Are Color Schemes in Art? Analogous Color Scheme Complementary Color Scheme Split-Complementary Color Scheme Triadic Color Scheme Rectangular Color Scheme Monochromatic Color Scheme Learn More What Are Color Schemes in Art? A color scheme … Read more

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Dan Scott, Color Studies

Using Color Studies To Explore And Test Different Color Arrangements

By Dan Scott / December 3, 2018 / 7 Comments

Bonus Download: Grab my free Color Theory Cheat Sheet. Color studies are perfect for exploring different arrangements of color without having to worry about other aspects of painting like accuracy and composition. In this post I will walk you through how to go about doing color studies and what you can learn from them. What Is … Read more

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Light And Shadow Terms

Beginner’s Guide To Light And Shadow For Artists

By Dan Scott / October 2, 2018 / 33 Comments

If you are just starting out in painting, one of the first areas I suggest you learn is how light and shadow work. It influences almost everything we do as artists – the colors we use, our compositions, our brushwork, how we render form and so on. It is also one of the few aspects of art … Read more

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