Category Archives: Color

Cambodian Child Study

Greetings everyone!

Okay, this is an oldie but just what I need as a refresher – sharpen my color mixing of lighter skin tones. I started this painting several months ago. I took a break from it, but for various reasons I never got back to it. I think I may have some footage (twitch live stream) of me painting. I’ll have to dig through my folders to confirm, but if I do I’ll post it.

The reference is from pixabay. I highly recommend pixabay for ideas/inspiration. I was looking for exotic landscapes to paint, something in the eastern part of the world when I stumble upon this adorable picture of a Cambodian child. Instantly, I knew I had to do a painting of this child. (See the inline links for the reference.)

I won’t stay faithful to the reference, as usual, I always diverge a little. I have cropped the image, really focusing on his/hers features. Originally, I was going for highly representational painting, but this time around I think I might do things differently. I guess we’ll see!

Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna chart


Mixing complementary colors: ultramarine blue and burnt sienna.

I hate doing color charts. It is difficult for me to stand their mixing paint, without actually creating anything. However, I do see the benefit of doing them, and I  need more practice mixing colors, especially understanding how  to create neutrals  from mixing compliments.

I was inspired after reading Betina Fink’s blog on the subject matter.