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John Sargent, A Dinner Table at Night, 1884, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

How To Use Black In Your Paintings (Plus How To Mix Your Own)

By Dan Scott / September 9, 2018 / 15 Comments

Black is a very polarizing color in the art world. Some people swear by using black, and others avoid it all together. In this post I want to try and clear up some of the confusion around black and provide you with some information on how to use it in your paintings and how to mix … Read more

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Claude Monet, Chrysanthemums, 1897

7 Most Common Painting Mistakes Beginners Make (And How To Avoid Them)

By Dan Scott / August 28, 2018 / 269 Comments

When you start painting you will make all kinds of mistakes. That is just part of the journey. Making mistakes is not an issue in painting, provided you are able to identify the mistakes and learn from them. The problem when you are a beginner is that you will not be able to see most … Read more

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Color Wheel

Color Wheel – What It Is, How to Interpret It, and How to Make Your Own

By Dan Scott / August 23, 2018 / 14 Comments

Most people will be familiar with the artist’s color wheel, but many do not understand how to properly interpret it. The color wheel is essentially the visible spectrum of colors wrapped in a circle and it is a useful tool which helps explain what happens when we mix our paints together. Boutet’s 7-color and 12-color … Read more

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How To Avoid Muddy Colors

What Are Muddy Colors And How Can You Avoid Them In Your Paintings

By Dan Scott / August 1, 2018 / 10 Comments

Muddy colors are one of the biggest frustrations for my readers. In this post I will break down what muddy colors actually are and how you can avoid them in your paintings. What Are Muddy Colors? The phrase muddy color is often used to describe grays, browns and other desaturated colors. You will frequently hear … Read more

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Anna Althea Hills, Autumn Fallbrook

7 Colorful Landscape Paintings To Spark Your Inspiration

By Dan Scott / July 24, 2018 / 16 Comments

This post features 7 colorful landscape paintings to hopefully spark your inspiration, as they have done for me. In these paintings, the dominant feature is color rather than composition, value, brushwork or any other element. It is actually very challenging to pull off a painting where color is the dominant feature because if you are … Read more

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Emile Claus, Sunset Over Waterloo Bridge, 1916

Color And Light – How To Paint Under Different Light Sources

By Dan Scott / June 13, 2018 / 9 Comments

In this second part of the Color And Light series, I will discuss how you can paint under different light sources. This will follow on from my post about color temperature. Frederick Judd Waugh, A Dawn Flight Introduction The single most important factor which determines what colors we see is the light source. It is … Read more

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Claude Monet - Haystacks Under Different Light Sources

Color And Light – What Is Color Temperature

By Dan Scott / June 7, 2018 / 11 Comments

This is Part 1 of a series of posts which will delve into the complex world of color and light. The first concept I want to discuss is color temperature. Color temperature generally refers to how “warm” or “cool” a color is. But if only it were that simple. It seems every artist has a … Read more

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John Singer Sargent, Edouard And Marie Loise Pailleron, 1881 | Are Black And White Colors?

Are Black And White Actually Colors?

By Dan Scott / May 17, 2018 / 2 Comments

The age old question – are black and white actually colors? This is an interesting question to ask, especially for us artists, as it raises some interesting discussion about what color is and how we see color. The answer varies depending on your perspective. I discuss why below. John Singer Sargent, Edouard And Marie Loise … Read more

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Anders Zorn, In The Woods, 1893

The Zorn Palette – What It Is And How You Can Use It

By Dan Scott / May 14, 2018 / 45 Comments

The Zorn palette refers to a palette of colors attributed to the great Swedish artist, Anders Zorn (18 February 1860 – 22 August 1920). It consists of just 4 colors being yellow ochre, ivory black, vermilion and titanium white. Cadmium red light is commonly used in place of vermilion by modern day artists. Whilst this may … Read more

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Claude Monet - Inspirational Color Quotes

Inspirational Color Quotes By The Masters

By Dan Scott / April 15, 2018 / 7 Comments

I decided to put together some of my favorite color quotes by the master artists. Color is such a mysterious and fascinating area and it is interesting to read how some of the master artists viewed color. When many of these artists were alive, color was not nearly as understood or studied as it is … Read more

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