Tag Archives: Color Theory

The Color Temperature of Light: Lighting Still Lifes

When painting outdoors, lighting is controlled by the sun, clouds, atmosphere, and time of day. But in the studio you get to choose your lighting source from window light to bulbs of all kinds. In an article about color in … Continue reading

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Limited Palettes 2-Color Studies

Following in the footsteps of Kathryn Law’s 36 (!) color studies inspired by the Peggi Kroll-Roberts Limited Palettes video, I returned to doing more of my own. As Kathryn explains on her post, it’s all about learning what your colors … Continue reading

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Painting Value Studies with Peggi Kroll-Roberts DVDs

After viewing and savoring my Peggi Kroll-Roberts DVDs, I’m doing the exercises she teaches in them, starting with value studies. To keep it simple and focus on values I used colored blocks for my subject. Above is the last study of the … Continue reading

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Watercolor Class: Remnants & August Class Registration

My Sunday morning watercolor class focused on glazing this week. Glazing is applying a transparent layer of paint over painted or unpainted areas. Like a piece of colored glass, a glaze won’t hide what’s below it but will change the … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace: “Sketchercizing” on the S.F. Bay Trail

The weather is gorgeous in the S.F. Bay Area today, sunny and warm with a gentle breeze. It inspired me to drag my old bike out of hiding and go for my first bike ride in two years. Of course … Continue reading

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Painting a Still Life Using The Carder Method”

Inspired by Casey’s success with the Carder Method and frustrated with my own slow progress at oil painting, I bought the Carder Method video and  Color Checker tool. Below are step by step photos of my using the method to … Continue reading

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Hannah’s Reflection

My friend Gina emailed me a photo with a note saying, “I like the light in this photo– for some reason I always think of you when I look at it.” Although I rarely paint from photos, especially those taken … Continue reading

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Still Learning to See Color: Block Study (after Hensche)

This study was done to practice seeing, mixing and and painting the relationships of color and light on different planes. Theoretically these colored block studies should be done outdoors with natural light, but it was a cold windy day and … Continue reading

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Back to Basics – Color Vocabulary

Painting blocks to use in light and color-study still-life as explained in this previous post. (Newly gessoed panels drying in little rack behind the blocks). After jumping head first (or was it feet first?) into oil painting, and then flailing … Continue reading

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Learning to See Color

Oil on panel, 9×12″ (Larger) On Monday mornings I’m taking a painting class from Camille Przewodek in Petaluma. I first read about her on Ed Terpening’s blog and when I saw her absolutely stunning work I was thrilled to be … Continue reading

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