Today we are doing a traditional colour wheel. It seems like a comfortable place to start as most people understand the idea that there are three primary colours - Yellow, Red & Blue; three secondary colours - Green, Purple & Orange, and the tertiary colours we mix are between the primary and secondary paint colours.
We have been taught about this version of a colour wheel since childhood. Though I have learned that when I go to mix colours with the idea of 3 primary colours, I don’t always have as much success. In future videos I will explore other variations of colour wheels because there is a lot more to think about in this colour mixing world.
We are making our own colour wheel because of the inherent limitations that paint pigments have. Our eyes are so sensitive to many values and colours but the pigments that we work with don’t have a very great range at all. When we paint, we are attempting to create a recognizable 3-dimensional illusion on a 2-dimensional surface. We hope our painting expresses our experience with whatever object/place that we want to share with the art viewer.
This colour wheel tool will be used in future videos of ACRYLIC PAINTING 101: Basics for Beginners course.
Yellowknife watercolour and acrylic artist Shawna Lampi-Legaree’s latest venture can best be summarized as capturing moments of beauty from the world around her.
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