Helpful Hints to Start Your Painting on the Right Track

Helpful Hints to Start Your Painting on the Right Track

Becky Joy
I've been teaching several workshops in the past few weeks. Some helpful hints have come to mind to get your painting off on the right track.
  • To avoid mixing too much white into your paints, collect some paint swatches with the correct color. For instance, let's use cadmium yellow light. If you add too much white to the paint, you will lose the vibrancy of the color.  Choose a yellow paint swatch showing the lightest you can mix, before losing that vibrancy. Keep the paint chip handy to refer to.
  • Pick a paint color in your palette that is in the middle of the value scale, such as yellow ocher. Put a sample on your palette. All colors in the light will need to be lighter. All colors in shadow will be darker.
  • When you start your painting, as a reference put down your brighter, most vibrant color, your lightest and your darkest. All other colors will be in between your lightest and darkest. And all your colors will be less vibrant than the purest color you put on your canvas.
  • When you lay in your darks, don't go into them again. This is something I see over and over. And, something I had trouble with for a long time.

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