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How To Mix Your Own Earth Tones

By Dan Scott / March 19, 2018 / 12 Comments

This post will discuss how you can mix your own earth tones. Earth tones are the browns and ochres such as raw umber, burnt sienna and yellow ochre. The purpose of this post is not to show you how to replace earth tones on your palette. Instead, it is merely to demonstrate that earth tones … Read more

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George Henry, River Landscape by Moonlight, 1887

Stunning Color Contrast By George Henry

By Dan Scott / March 19, 2018 / 9 Comments

George Henry (1858–1943) was a talented Scottish painter who attended the Glasgow School. His paintings demonstrate rich colors and strong contrasting elements. My favorite painting by far is River Landscape By Moonlight. This is a perfect demonstration of how you can paint the illusion of light. As you are probably aware, we are not able to duplicate … Read more

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David-Davies-Nocturne-Templestowe-1896

The Beauty Of Muted Colors – How You Can Use Muted Colors More Effectively

By Dan Scott / March 12, 2018 / 27 Comments

Vivid colors usually get all the attention, so this post is dedicated to the subtle beauty of muted colors. I find that one of the most common problems of beginner painters is that they completely overlook the importance of muted colors in favor of the more flashy vivid reds, blues, oranges, purples, and so on. … Read more

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Childe Hassam, The Goldfish Window, 1916

A Demonstration Of How To Use Color By Childe Hassam

By Dan Scott / March 2, 2018 / 11 Comments

Childe Hassam (October 17, 1859 – August 27, 1935) was a brilliant American painter who had a unique impressionist style. In particular, the way he used color is inspirational. Few artists have the ability to push such rich and vivid colors without the painting appearing jarring or overdone. Hassam was a busy artist, producing over 3,000 … Read more

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Vivid-Greens

How To Mix Vivid Greens And Why You Must Understand Color Bias

By Dan Scott / March 1, 2018 / 92 Comments

Green has always been a troublesome color for beginners. Why that is the case, I’m not sure. It may have something to do with a lack of understanding of how to mix color. Or maybe it has something to do with how we actually perceive green. As Pablo Picasso once said: They’ll sell you thousands … Read more

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Low Key Painting | Low Key Color | Childe Hassam, Nocturne, Railway Crossing, Chicago, 1892-1893

How To Create Dramatic Paintings In A Low Key

By Dan Scott / February 7, 2018 / 9 Comments

In this post, I will discuss how you can use a low key to create very dramatic paintings. This post will follow on from my previous post which was all about painting in a high key.  Low key paintings utilize colors the lower (darker) end of the value range. So your darks will be around … Read more

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Using An Analogous Color Scheme To Create Harmonious Paintings

By Dan Scott / January 31, 2018 / 2 Comments

This post will be all about using an analogous color scheme to create beautifully harmonious paintings. I will say first and foremost that a color scheme is not really that important. I rarely start a painting with a pre-determined color scheme in mind. The color scheme itself does not really create harmony, it is just … Read more

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How The Impressionists Used Complementary Colors To Great Effect

By Dan Scott / December 6, 2017 / 14 Comments

Complementary colors are basically colors that are on directly opposite sides of the color wheel. So blue is a complement of orange, red is a complement of green, yellow is a complement of violet and so on. Complementary colors provide striking visual effects when paired together. Claude Monet said this about complementary colors in 1888: … Read more

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Claude Monet, Roses In The Hoshede's Garden At Montregon, 1876

How To Use Increased Color Saturation To Draw Attention To Your Focal Point

By Dan Scott / November 21, 2017 / 0 Comments

An amazing technique for drawing attention to your focal point is to use increased color saturation to contrast against areas of more muted colors. I used this technique in my most recent painting, Queenstown From the Shore: This was a fairly gloomy painting with mostly muted colors. But this presents a perfect opportunity to draw … Read more

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7. Queenstown From The Shore, Oil, 12x16 Inches, 2017

Painting Tutorial – Queenstown From the Shore

By Dan Scott / November 21, 2017 / 2 Comments

In this painting tutorial, I will walk you through step-by-step how I created my most recent painting, Queenstown From the Shore. I used oils for this painting but the general fundamentals are the same across all the painting mediums. This was a challenging scene to paint as there are so many little elements to capture … Read more

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