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Which yellow paint to buy?
There are a lot of different shades of yellow acrylic paint at the store to choose from. In this 30 minute video, we explore the different colors, evaluate the cost versus need, and want, and have a "Yellow Paint Buying Adventure".
The colors featured in this video are (Matissee Pro Acrylic colors):
- Titanium White
- Cadmium Yellow Medium (series #4) PRIMARY YELLOW
- Cadmium Yellow Light (series #4)
- Naples Yellow Light (series 1)
- Aureoin Yellow (series # 7)
- Yellow oxide (series #1)
- Iso Yellow (series #6)
- Bismuth Yellow (series #6)
- Australian Sienna (series #3)
- Yellow Deep (series #2)
An oil painter recently wrote and told me she was having trouble finishing a painting and was not happy because it was never perfect enough and when she tried to make changes eventually ended up ruining it.
She was so discouraged, she had stopped painting until she saw one of my videos on using a palette knife and tried my techniques. She was very happy with the results and said so in a private message to me, so I am paraphrasing what she wrote.
This was my reply, and I am sharing it because I know that this happen to a lot of artists, who feel the need to be perfect to be happy with their art.
I hope you are using acrylics. They work like oils but because they dry so easily you really can't completely ruin something. Just paint over it!
About 30 year ago, I was painting a very large canvas with a very dramatic sky, which I changed every day for about 3 weeks. My daughter (Cinnamon the art Sherpa of Hart Party on YouTube) asked why do you keep changing the sky, I really liked the one you had yesterday?
I remember telling her..."I can't decide" and in only the wisdom of a 10 yr. old she said "Why don't you just do more paintings?" I have to tell you that is really the secret. Give yourself a pat on the back for what you painted when you feel it is finished, then take a note of things that could be better and do another one.
What is nice about that approach is that you will see progress as you continue to paint because each piece of art will continue to expand your creative talents to a higher level... Believe me it can always be better..... I look at a tapestry that hangs on my wall from a painting I did and licensed out to a company that sold a few thousand of these on the home shopping network for an entire day. The original painting sold in a gallery in Laguna Beach California for 15k and the prints of this piece were sold by my Canadian Publisher all over the world. The image was also made into plates, clocks and trays, tiles.....and a bunch of other stuff.
Now, when I look at this 48x60 wall hanging which is of a street scene with a view of a restaurant's interior, I notice that while I painted the tables, I forgot to put in the chairs.....well, shit, that's how it goes sometimes. I don't forget to put in chairs now!
I guess while I don't recommend such a drastic omission to a finished piece, there is always going to be something that could be better. Give yourself permission to move on and paint another. There is a women in Dallas, Carol M. who started a Daily painter website. She does a painting a day...8x10 every day in oils, and sells them as fast as she can paint them. When she first started they sold for around $10 but now she has a waiting list and they go for a few hundred dollars.
This has inspired other artists to follow her example and also sell on that site. She does most of her work with a knife, and while using oils, has some amazing results. You might consider giving yourself a 30-day challenge of a "small painting a day" and no retouches. Be willing to throw them away, but just do another one each day anyway.
The reason some people have the " I have got to be perfect when I am painting" is the result of worrying too much about the result and not celebrating the process of connecting to your inner creative-self.
Have more fun, worry less, you will always get better. That is the evolution of painting. The more you paint, the better you get.
Thanks for taking the time to comment and share your experiences...we can all learn from them. I never edit my videos, just paint and film and post. Taking my own advice (not easy) I too hope the videos improve the more I do them.