Here’s another video clip from our “Building Essentials” III – Advanced Art Course. In the clip, Bill is giving a lesson on mixing color. As in all Bill’s videos, he’s doing so much more.
There are two essential points Bill makes in this video.
The first is the importance of white.
When you are mixing two paint colors, especially dark colors, you can’t see the final color!
In the video clip, Bill mixes Alizarin Crimson and Prussian Blue. He ends up with a dark mess on his palette. How can you see if you’ve mixed the color you want?
Most artists will add white to the color to test it. Adding white is the only way to see what color you’ve mixed.
Bill adds his white by going straight to the canvas on which he’s already applied Magic White™. He’s mixing on the canvas rather than on his palette. As he explains, you can waste a lot of paint mixing on the palette. I certainly have wasted paint, and I’ll bet you have too.
Even if you don’t get the color exactly right when you go to the canvas, Bill shows you how to adjust your color “on the fly.”
Notice how little paint Bill puts on his brush. There are two reasons for this.
First, by not putting much paint on the brush, he can add a touch more of one color without overloading the brush.
The other reason causes a problem we see in many paintings. That is too much paint on the bottom layers. Too thick a layer can make mud.
What Bill is not telling you is the sky layer he’s about to apply is going to be very thin! So thin that you’ll see the canvas weave.
We’ve packed our new art course with these types of tips and principles. We’ve been featuring some of them over the last week or so. There are so many others that we’re compiling a list. We’ll be going over the list with students to make sure they don’t miss any of these critical ideas.
The “Building Essentials“ III art course is available now. A special price is in effect until Sunday at midnight Pacific Daylight Time.
This course is a “Best of Bill!” He will teach you, as only Bill can, how to add the most important element in your paintings. You won’t find the principles Bill teaches in this course anywhere. Well, unless you are taking private lessons with a master artist. And, you’ll be painting a pretty penny for those lessons too! Here’s your opportunity to study with a master at a price you can afford.