Like you, I know the key to my self-expression, as a painter, is color.
You know the drill: “this” tube of blue with “that” tube of yellow, because we expect to get a reasonable likeness to the hillside green we want.
Oops, not quite. Let’s add a touch of a different blue. Ok, step back. Ponder. Maybe a tiny bit of red will bring it around...
Oh, fuss and bother! You stare in frustration at your pallet: mud, again.
What do you do when the mess of mud messes with your desire to get on with painting?
If you are like I used to be, and most painters I know still are, it’s back to the beginning and start again. Trial and error. Trial and error.
Or, maybe you decide it’s time to refresh your stash of paint tubes. So, off to the sweet-tooth downfall of every artist: the paint store—all those seductive, eye-candy hues calling to you.
But what if the conventional, hit-and-miss approach to mixing color, and the frustration, disappeared?
What if you don’t need more tubes of paint because the ones you have are perfect—if only there was a reliable process for mixing them and a common sense approach to color theory.
For 25 years, that tantalizing possibility drove me to pay close attention in the 12 workshops I took from nationally known artists, to every book on color that I read, and to every canvas or watercolor paper I painted because…
I knew there had to be a better way to mix color.
Sure, workshops taught me how to apply color, but mix it? Nope. That was up to me.
Every art instructor I had dismissed the idea of a specific approach for mixing color. The common wisdom seemed to be that hit-and-miss and mud were inevitable.
The good news is: I was not convinced.
Even better, I decided to do something about it.
As a fellow artist of 25+ years, I have felt every twinge of color mixing angst imaginable
As an associate member of the Oil Painters of America, the former President of the Minnesota Watercolor Society, and a Signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society, I experienced a rare “how-to” vacuum in the world of art instruction. No longer!
I am thrilled to be...
Introducing the revolutionary, Balanced Palette SystemTM that gives you the colors you want with fewer tubes of paint and no mud!
I loved your book. I could not put it down. Your style, your humor, your attention to sequential organization and your ability to create and use colorful metaphors make your book flow.
I can’t wait to work each of the exercises.I Just Want To Paint: Mixing the Colors You Want! is superb. I hope there are sequels!
--Wayne A. Ralston
Once you follow the clear, step-by-step exercises using the Balanced Palette System—for oils, acrylics, water-mixable oils, or watercolors—you will get:
- Natural-looking greens
- Bright and dull purples, greens and oranges
- Yummy desaturated colors
- Rich dark colors
- Confidence in choosing the right paints for your working balanced palette
- …and with fewer tubes of paint!
Learn to stop making mud and start exploring color with ease. I am excited to share this original color mixing system with you.
The exercises you give us in I Just Want To Paint: Mixing the Colors You Want! are straightforward, fun and easy to do.
I must confess… you have started me on a wonderful road to find my favorite tertiary colors, as well as marveling at the range of beautiful greens I can now create!
In this pioneering color mixing book, you will get…
9 chapters grounded in practice aimed at skillful competence
10 step-by-step exercises with matching color charts
A simplified, easy-to-understand color theory relevant to mixing color
The 3 core concepts you must know so you can mix clean colors every time
How to strategically choose only the colors you really need for your working palette
A revolutionary color mixing process, the Balanced Palette System™ that eliminates the hit-and-miss approach and unwanted mud
A way, finally, to mix the colors you see in your mind’s eye
I Just Want To Paint: Mixing the Colors You Want! is exactly what I have been looking for. I am learning so much! Finally, I understand color bias.
You have made your process easy to follow and all of the chart exercises gave me clear charts I can use. I will be recommending I Just Want To Paint! to at least four art leagues!
P.S. Paulette wants to know:
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I Just Want to Paint: Mixing the Colors You Really Want!
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By the way, Paulette offers color tips throughout I Just Want to Paint!