How Can I See Colour?

Colour is a whole new area in drawing and painting which sometimes for some complete beginners I think is best left until they have developed some basic drawing skills.  Seeing colour is quite a skill because colour changes depending on changes created by lighting and reflected light.

There is no real easy answer to seeing colour, it takes lots of practice in observation. Learning colour mixing is very important for seeing colour and understanding the minor differences between a ‘warm orange’ and a ‘cool orange’.  Often when we start painting, colours just look like one colour and seeing the differences in variation is challenging.

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Why You Can Have Too Many Paint Colours

Many learners are quite surprised when I tell them that you can get by with just three paint colours.  These paints, the primary colours are red, blue and yellow and in theory you can mix any colour from them.  Is it true? Can you have too many paint colours?

The Importance of Colour Mixing 

When you are learning to paint it is important to learn how colours are created. You can only really gain a knowledge of colours by mixing them and for this you need to just work with the primaries.  I recommend that all beginners work with primary colours and mix all the colours themselves.

It is important to learn how to mix colours
It is important to learn how to mix colours

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