What I know about colour

Colour didn’t come easily to me. Back when I was starting out – and to be honest, for quite a while after – often after I had finished a painting, I would look down at my palette, with its random blobs of pigment messed half into each other, and think “Why can’t my painting look like that?” It seemed that in the process of trying to get colour under control, it was very easy to kill it.

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But after a long while I began to get a sense of how to approach colour; a few rules of thumb for working with it. Like all rules in painting of course they’re only guidelines, but they help.

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