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Color temperature in art

It’s Getting Hot in Here, So Let’s Talk About Color Temperature

A basic understanding of color temperature can bring much light and life to a painting. Here, Marc Anderson shares some common color mistakes and how to fix them.
From Lana Privitera's still life lesson at Watercolor Live

Favorite Moments in Realism from Watercolor Live 2024

In case you missed it, here are some of our favorite moments from Watercolor Live (plus, how to join the next event!).
Lana Privitera, "Dare to be different," Watercolor on paper

Lana Privitera’s Hymn to Color

Coffee cups, sugar bowls, decorated fabrics, copper, wood: these are all elements that characterize the works of watercolor artist Lana Privitera. To learn how to draw and paint, the artist suggests ...
Painting with oil - still life of Peony flowers

Fresh Color: On Painting with Oil

Find inspiration for painting with oil in the following excerpt from Robert Johnson's classic book, "On Becoming a Painter."
Still life paintings by Pat Fiorello

Oil Painting Lesson: 10 Ways to Avoid Muddy Color

Avoid these bad painting habits and learn how to keep your colors clean and fresh.
Painting with watercolor

Painting with Watercolor: Not an Effortless Endeavor

An interview on using photo references, understanding one's art materials, color mixing, and more.
Realism figurative art

The Conundrum of Color

While color can be a powerful tool for artists to communicate emotions and ideas, its complexity is often paralyzing.
Birgit O'Connor, "Peony," watercolor, 22 x 15 in.

Putting the Water Back Into Watercolor

Birgit O'Connor (on the faculty for Watercolor Live) shares the most common mistake she sees beginners make, the first thing they should invest in, and more.
Painting by Sam Wolfe Connelly

On Color Theory: Limitation Through the Eyes of Zorn

Limitation may be one of the strongest tools available for artists. By restricting your tools, you may find that your ideas are free to grow.
Color theory for artists - Todd Casey

Color Theory > Color “Rules” That Aren’t True

There are a number of “rules” about how color should be used that aren’t true—or aren’t always true. Todd Casey explains this, explains the term "local color," and shares a bonus tip for mixing colors in this excerpt from his new book, "The Art of Still Life."

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