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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Blondheim Art Original Landscape Painting

12x16 inches
oil on panel

See Linda's Paintings HERE

Painters Tip

Warm Up with Color

You all know how obsessed I am with warm ups for painting. I think it is always a good idea to warm up, either with a small study painting or some sort of exercise. I also think using color mixing as a warm up can be very useful.

I like to put out 3 or four colors to warm up. One day I will put out 3 cool versions of the primary to make all of the possible combinations. The next time, I will put out three warm. On another day, I will focus my mixing on analogous, tertiary,triads, and so forth. Other times I will try unusual palettes for tonal work.

I believe color mixing practice is good and something that most pros no longer do. Some of us get into ruts after a time of being a professional artist, using the same palette for years because it is comfortable.

Mix it up now and then and take some new risks.

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