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Collage and Acrylic – A Beautiful Pearl

Posted by | March 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

I also made a collage and painted the negative area with acrylic paints. It’s a pearl shape collage. Now it’s a piece of art on my desk.

Filed Under: Acrylics

How to Make a Color Wheel

Posted by | March 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

Just bought some basic art supplies yesterday:

  1. Acrylics paints: primary yellow, red, blue, white and Burnt Sienna
  2. 5 hard brushes in different size
  3. 1 cold press watercolor pad
  4. some canvas panels

To practice the color mixing and try out my brushes, I made a color wheel with whatever I have so far. I love those colors.

It’s  a really good idea to make your own color wheel – you can always refer to it whenever you are mixing colors. And it’s free!

Filed Under: Painting Basics

Figure Drawing #1 – A Quite Girl

Posted by | March 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

My first time figure drawing in pencil based on an artist’s work. The original drawing has very smooth and simple line and shadow which I was trying to mimic. The first one is the original and 2nd one is mine.

Obviously these are two drawing s in two totally different levels – professional and amateur.  I think at lease I need to increase the black and white contrast. I am kind of not comfortable to use strong lines with pencil. Maybe I am afraid of making mistakes and not able to fix them.

Filed Under: Drawing, Pencil

Symphony in Blue and Yellow

Posted by | March 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Vincent Van Gogh, Sunflowers, Painted August, 1888

Symphony in Blue and Yellow

I am hard at it, painting with the enthusiasm of a Marsellais eating bouillabaisse, which won’t surprise you when you know that what I’m at is in the painting of some great sunflowers… If I carry out this idea there will be a dozen panels. So the whole thing will be a symphony in blue and yellow. I am working at it every morning from sunrise, for the flowers fade so soon, and the think is to do the whole at a flash. (Letter 526)

~ Vincent Van Gogh, Alfred H. Barr, 1967, p.30.

Filed Under: Painting Appreciation

What’s Art?

Posted by | March 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Art is something peaceful and agreeable, realistic and painted from the heart, something brief, synthetic, simplified and concentrated, full of serenity, and pure harmony, consoling as music.”
– Vincent Van Gogh

The Sunflower by Vincent Van Gogh below is so breath-taking.

Filed Under: Painting Basics

Charcoal Drawing #3 – Sunflower & Lily

Posted by | March 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Sunflower is one of my favorite flowers. I like their vibrant colors and spirit. I plant sunflower in my gardens. They grow so easily and can be up to more than two meters high.


It’s my first time to draw sunflower. I like the colors and composition; but the shading is always the most difficult part.

I also drew a white lily which I like a lot. It looks like I am pretty good at capturing those flowers with a simpler shade.

Filed Under: Drawing, Flowers, Pastel

More Dogs – Pancil Drawing

Posted by | March 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

We have two lovely dogs named Abby and Cassy. Today I drew them with 2B pencil based on photos of them. I think I still don’t know how to use pencil to draw the shadow.





Filed Under: Pencil

How to Use Different Colors?

Posted by | March 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

To use the color wheel and the chart below we need to know these definitions:

  • Core Color:  The dominant color in a color scheme.  It’s the color of the principal item in your outfit like your suit or a dress shirt.

  • Accent Colors:  The second and sometimes third colors used in a color scheme.  The accent colors may be complementary, triad, analogous or neutral.

Complementary colors:  Colors directly opposite each other in the color spectrum or wheel.  Blue is opposite of orange on the color wheel.  That is why gold, rust and brown compliment shades of blue.  Here’s an example of an outfit:  navy trousers (blue) with a rust dress shirt (orange).

You can get  darken version (shape) of a color by adding its complimentary color or the color of black.


 Triad colors:  Three hues equally spaced on the color wheel.  When you want a combination that is colorful and yet balanced, a triad color scheme might be the way to go.  The first or primary triad colors in the color wheel are red, blue and yellow.  Here’s an example of an outfit: a navy suit (blue), pale yellow shirt (yellow) and burgundy tie (red).

Analogous colors: Colors, which are next to each other on the color wheel, go well together, such as blue pants, a blue-green shirt and a green jacket.


Neutral colors: Neutral colors include beige, ivory, taupe, black, gray, and white and sometimes brown.  Neutral usually means without color, and these colors don’t usually show up on the color wheel.

Filed Under: Painting Basics

Basic Color Terms

Posted by | March 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

To describe a color with reasonable accuracy, there are three basic properties used to identify the qualities of color:

  1. Hue – the name of a color
  2. Value – the degree of lightness or darkness in a color; can be expressed by tones, tints and shades
  3. Intensity – the degree of purity or strength of a color (hue) or how bright or muted the colors are. For example, an intense red is one that is a very strong, pure red color. When a lighter or darker color is added to a color, the intensity will be less bright. (If you add white to red you get pink, a less intense color strength)
  4. Color Temperatures – Warm colors – Red~Yellow Green; Cool colors: Green ~ Red Purple;
    Warm and cool colors have different effects on the human eyes. Warm colors seem to push forward to meet you, like extraverts at a party. Cool colors in contrast will seem to pull back. This contrast creates the impression in your mind that spatial differences exist on the flat painting surface.

HUE – The pure color (for example RED)

TONE – Hue + small amount of gray or opposite color (will mute or tone down the color)

TINT – Hue + White (will lighten the color)

COMPLEMENT TINT – Tint + small amount of gray or opposite color (will mute or tone down the color)

SHADE – Hue + Black (will darken the color)


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The Color Wheel

Posted by | March 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

The color wheel is a great tool for creating color combinations. It is a circular arrangement of primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. One half of the wheel is warm colors and the other half is cool colors.

Primary Colors

    • Red, Yellow, and Blue

Secondary Colors — Formed by mixing primary colors

  • Green, Orange, and Purple

Tertiary Colors — Formed by mixing a primary color and a secondary color

  • Yellow- Orange, Orange-Red, Red-Purple, Blue-Purple, and Blue-Green

The color wheel is a great tool for picking complimentary colors. If you pick two colors opposite each other, for example, green and red, they compliment each other. The green makes the red to appear more intense. These combinations are natural attention grabbers, and are especially useful in packaging and advertising.

Filed Under: Painting Basics