Studio Notes

Color Mixing Guide

28th January

color mixing guide for portraitureThis is the way I mix colors for portrait painting in oil. This applies more to naturalistic representational portraits. When painting portraits, it is helpful to think about skin tone not as a flat color. If you actually look at the colors present in a person’s face in a certain light at a given moment and from a certain perspective, you realize the many subtle colors that are present. In order to represent the complexity of skin tone, one needs to be able to do a lot of color mixing to have intimate knowledge of how to achieve the subtlest variations in color.


27th January

Maturity of work has nothing to do with shows, reviews or the fact that someone happens to like your work. It is the natural fruition that comes with intimacy with your own work and an embrace of all that comes with the commitment to your journey – success, curiosity, pain, boredom, desperation, sadness, disappointment, elation, epiphany, frustration, inspiration, work work work work work. Anything else is ego-illusion. Getting back on that horse myself.