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Reds for painting poppies – Video tutorial

Layering different reds to get the right colour (This example is painted using Daniel Smith colours) Would you like to paint a poppy but you are not sure which reds to use? Then this video tutorial should help... Depending on the colour of your poppy, from bright scarlet to deep crimson, these four reds in… Continue reading Reds for painting poppies – Video tutorial

Art Tutorials, Painting, Pigment Spotlight, Top Tips

Surprising colour mix for painting soft pink roses

Are you having trouble with your delicate rose mixes? This should help... The reason I called this mix "surprising" is that it is not the most obvious choice for a pink rose mix. In order to get the softness of a garden rose, the colour I add to my pure bright pink pigment is... green.… Continue reading Surprising colour mix for painting soft pink roses

Art Questions, Pigment Spotlight, Top Tips

What does “hue” mean in a paint name?

This is a question I get a lot when I teach. The true definition of hue is colour. In a paint name, it means that it is the colour of that particular pigment, but it is achieved by using another pigment of similar hue. This can be because the original pigment is obsolete and needs… Continue reading What does “hue” mean in a paint name?

Pigment Spotlight, Reviews and Tests

Pigment spotlight: testing Daniel Smith Quinacridone Lilac

The first question that popped into my mind when I first saw Quinacridone Lilac was "Do we really need another Quinacridone sitting between the Quinacridone pinks and magentas?" The only way to find out was to try it, test it, mix it and compare it. I already have quite a few Quinacridones in my palette:… Continue reading Pigment spotlight: testing Daniel Smith Quinacridone Lilac

News 2019, Pigment Spotlight

Pigment spotlight:Cadmium-free Cadmiums by Winsor & Newton

I cannot tell you how excited I was when I discovered that Winsor & Newton were releasing a range of Cadmium substitutes. I have long been in favour of ditching the Cadmiums for good. Their devastating environmental impact just isn't worth keeping them, especially with more modern pigments coming in all the time. For this… Continue reading Pigment spotlight:Cadmium-free Cadmiums by Winsor & Newton