Commonly asked Questions for beginner Artists

Do I really need to know how to draw? If you were to attend a university, you would spend a year or two learning to draw before you touched paint. Learning to draw correctly is part of teaching your eye and your hand to work together. How often have you wanted to draw something and then it looks totally different. Learning to simplify every image in basic shapes and drawing...
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Using good colour harmonies.

Amazing work done by the LifeART School Monday night class. Tertia Bester has been selling everything that she has been making. Well done Tertia! Complementary Colours Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel are considered to be complementary colors (example: red and green). The high contrast of complementary colors creates a vibrant look especially wh...
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Why is lemon yellow a ‘cold yellow’? (article by Mitch Albala)

Cool yellows are those that have a green bias. Cool yellows are those that have a green bias. It is useful to have one cool and one warm yellow in a split primary palette. When mixing with other colours, a cool yellow will make pure bright greens when mixed with a cool (greenish) blue, mid greens when mixed with a warm (purple) blue, neutral oranges when mixed with a cool (pur...
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Colors that dance together, Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna

Earth's only Natural harmonies It is simply not true that restricting the palette to earth colours only makes for dull brown paintings. • Yellow Ochre • Terra Cotta • Red Ochre • Raw and Burnt Sienna • Raw and Burnt Umber • Green Earth • Mars Violet • Venetian Red and Indian Red • Various dusky rose and bluish greys • Off whites The 2 colour pick The colours t...
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