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
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 This can be because the original pigment is obsolete and needs… Continue reading What does “hue” mean in a paint name?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: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
Field Trip: Leonardo exhibition – A life in drawing
Some of Leonardo da Vinci's original drawings are in Southampton! And all over the UK... The idea is rather interesting: instead of a touring exhibition of the same drawings, all cities taking part concurrently get a different set of drawings. If the visitors want to see all of them, then they are the ones who… Continue reading Field Trip: Leonardo exhibition – A life in drawing
Transparent vs. opaque and why transparent pigments can turn into opaque paints
Hello everyone, I already wrote about the difference between transparent and opaque colours in a blog post here. This time I am taking it one step further: why do transparent pigments sometimes make opaque paints? 1- Transparent/opaque To recap the previous post, transparent pigments let the light through their layer to hit the paper and… Continue reading Transparent vs. opaque and why transparent pigments can turn into opaque paints