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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What does Temperature Mean in Artwork?

Temperature and mood are two words that can crop up in art classes, magazines and books but what do these terms mean?  These terms are usually used in relation to the use of colour in artwork.

Temperature

Colours suggest warmth or coolness and this is known as ‘temperature’ which is also used in photography.  Yellows, oranges, reds and pinks are considered ‘warm’, green, blues and violets are considered ‘cool’.  Warm colours feel happy, bright and vibrant, cooler colours can feel moody, still or distant in artwork.

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