So fall is officially in the air here in Michigan, and it is my favorite time of year. I thrive in fall and have some wonderful childhood memories of playing and exploring this time of year.
Here are some reasons why autumn is so special:
*The weather is nice and cool!*
As far as weather goes, you can’t get any better than autumn. Here in Michigan it is usually 60 degrees around this time, with lots of sun and a cool breeze. It is absolutely perfect! You can just throw on a light sweater and you are good to go.
*Halloween comes to town!*
The spooky holiday has always been my favorite. As a boy I loved to go trick-or-treating and I would often dress up as the ghost from Scream! There is just something about this holiday that makes you feel good. It is not as overdone when compared to Christmas.
*Oh my, the colors!*
Living in the region that I do, we get to experience some of the finest fall colors around. Sure, they aren’t as vibrant as in the New England states, but they are still pretty spectacular. Bright colors play a big role in my life, especially as an artist. Anybody that follows me and my beach paintings will know that color is first and foremost in my work! I can’t get enough of gazing at vibrant colors, especially out in nature and on the trees.
*Cider and donuts, baby!*
In the fall we get to go to the apple orchard to indulge in fresh apple cider, donuts, and caramel apples. Can you think of anything better? I can’t! 🙂 I make a point to go at LEAST three times during the fall, and I have since I was young. Our mother used to take us every year for our annual hayride and jaunt through the pumpkin patch to pick out a dandy.
Those are the reasons why I love autumn so much! Here is a beach painting fresh off of the easel to commemorate this glorious season.
I hope all of you have a wonderful autumn, if you happen to live in a place with three or four seasons!
Until next time,
let’s bring some color into the world.
Hey guys! I want to fill you in on my latest video. I was really excited to make it, as it marks my first video in front on the camera. Which was nerve racking, but fun!
In the video I demonstrate how I mix my colors for my beach paintings. I keep it fairly simple, although color theory can get very complex if you haven’t studied it. I use a double primary palette of 2 reds, 2 yellows, and 2 blues along with purple, pink, white and Burnt Sienna.
Here is a complete list of all the colors that I use:
- Pthalo Blue
- Ultramarine Blue
- Cadmium Yellow Medium
- Cadmium Yellow Light
- Cadmium Red Light
- Alizarin Crimson
- Titanium White
- Burnt Sienna
- Turquoise Blue
- Manganese Violet
- Bright Pink
- Sap Green
- Permanent Green Light
I have always been wildly passionate about color. I am constantly looking at colors everywhere I go. I believe this is an important part of being an artist, because as artists, our colors are our friends.
I hope you enjoy it, and until next time,
let’s bring some color into the world!
Anybody who glances at my body of work will notice all of the blue! I’ve always preferred cooler colors like purple and blue over warm ones like red and yellow. Blue is a staple in my beach paintings. It’s true that I can get a wonderful array of shades from just two main colors: Pthalo Blue and Ultramarine. These colors are truly indispensable on my palette.
Let’s look at them for a second, shall we?
Now Ultramarine has a pretty good tinting strength, not to mention a beautiful luster under your studio lights! It is a warm blue, which means it leans more toward purple. It is wonderful for painting warmer skies and mixing with various reds to achieve striking violets. Ultramarine is also good for painting the shadows on clouds. When mixed with some Cadmium Yellow light, you will get a warm Sap Green, albeit one that is a little duller than if you mixed the yellow with Pthalo.
Pthalo Blue is probably my favorite color to work with! But new users beware–it has an extremely dangerous tinting strength. One speck will turn a puddle of white into a strong blue! So make sure you don’t use too much of it when mixing with other colors. On its own, however, it is brilliant to behold. Pthalo Blue is perfect for any ocean color you could want, for bright blue skies, and for mixing awesome greens that lean towards yellow. This is because the color leans more towards yellow already.
So which color is better? Well, that depends on the artist using it. My answer is neither one is better, because they are both EXCELLENT!
If you are a landscape or seascape artist, gives these blues a try. You will not be disappointed. In my opinion, these are the two most essential blues available on the market.
Here are some new 3-D beach paintings I’ve been working up in the studio. The top painting has more Ultramarine while the bottom one has more Pthalo Blue. To view them on my artist shop, visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/RKBeachPaintings
What is your favorite color to paint with? I’d love to hear from you.
Until next time, let’s bring some color into the world!