Why You Shouldn’t Forget the Background!

One of the most common mistakes beginner learners make when they start drawing and painting is forgetting about the background.  I see a lot of ‘floating’ jars of flowers, pots, vases and figures in the beginner classes.  The background should not be forgotten.  I will explain why:

Part of the Story

The background puts the subject in context and can ‘tell the story’ of what is happening.  For example if a figure is sitting on a sofa we know why their posture is a certain way, it would be different if they were sat on an upright chair for example.

There is useful tonal  information in the background which can help bring depth and tonal value to the subject.  Shadows are important for telling the observer that the subject is three dimensional and will tell us more about the lighting conditions.

Simple backgrounds are better than none.

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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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