Color Crush Palette 51: Truly Iconic

I've been thinking a lot about purpose, painting and the fear that keeps us from doing the work we were meant to be doing. Sometimes it simply comes down to believing we aren't allowed to play with our paints. When did we exchange the fun of making a mess for taking ourselves so serious all the the time? You don't need to paint a masterpiece every time you face the canvas. Make a mess. Make a lot of art. Good art, bad art, just do it. And in the process you will learn about making your art. The most important thing is to JUST HAVE FUN WITH IT! <- <- Something you'll hear me say all the time in True Colors.

Now it's time to PLAY with the new palette - I hope to find you on Instagram. Tag @colorcrsuhcreative and use the hashtag #cccpalette51 for any work related to Truly Iconic or #colorcrushcreative for any colorful post. I can't wait to see your artwork and hope to feature your work on the feed!


MORE COLOR

Now let's have fun with our new palette - Truly Iconic. Inspired by our True Colors Guest Teacher and Featured Artist, Regina of Creative Kismet, this palette marks the return of bright and bold colors once again. The theme is inspiring as we look towards the things that we love and are close to our hearts. In our online lesson Regina teaches us how she paints her beautiful, and oftentimes iconic, women in her signature whimsical style.

I was inspired by her colors and the idea of painting what I love and took the opportunity to create a painting lesson featuring my signature icon - the red poppy. The palette colors are easy to achieve when mixing from the primary colors, but you will also find these as readily available premixed colors. Red, Orange, Yellow, Pink, Green, Blue...just remember for a successful painting you should vary the value range and the amount you use of each color. What do you find iconic about your artwork? What theme shows up often and brings you joy? Let's simply start there!

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Paint What You Love, Painting with Regina Lord

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INTRODUCING REGINA LORD OF @REGINA_CREATIVEKISMET

Regina currently lives in southern AZ with the love of her life and her two beautiful boys. She is strongly influenced by the warm weather, bright sun and the Mexican colors, style and architecture that are predominant in the city where she lives. 

Creative Kismet Art came about because of Regina’s desire to share her art, ideas and a little bit of sunshine to as many people as possible.

Paint what you know and love. When you do, a part of you becomes a part of the painting. This gives it life! People will see it and feel it when they look at your art.
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TAKE A LOOK AT REGINA’S ART PROCESS

Regina believes that a creative life can change your outlook to become more positive…more open. Her creative process starts first by looking for inspiration then eventually, her heart and soul begins to see it everywhere without even trying. On a walk, going to the store, dropping off the kids at school–it is everywhere she looks. It is in the Southwestern mountains, the desert, in nature, in the streets, and in the people too.

When quiet, Regina recalls these beautiful fragments caught like photos in her mind. Her style is the unraveling of a woven mixture of her Hispanic heritage, her deep rooted love for folk art and her enchantment with magical whimsicality. The actual art making begins with putting ideas down on paper, making doodles and sketches, finally pulling out her paints, papers and any other medium that calls to her at the moment. With her paintbrush and the boldest colors, Regina puts together ideas in ways that makes her heart sing. Always bright, always colorful, always pure of heart.

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A FEW FUN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT REGINA

1. Having been interested in art since she was very young, Regina wanted to be a painting ballerina when she was little.

2. Every morning she goes for a walk with her dog Freya, in her own neighborhood.  It's the same scenery, but she sees something different every time. 

3. Regina’s favorite subjects to paint are birds, flowers, desert landscape, the moon and women.  She paints them in her style by using bright colors and a good measure of joy and whimsy.

4. Sometimes Regina can tell you what audio book she was listening to at the time a piece of art was painted - It's like part of the story is in her painting. 

5. She can't live without sunshine.  


Find out more about Regina Lord on her website: www.creativekismaet.com

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YOUR TURN: use your life as inspiration

Deciding what to paint can sometimes stop an artist from creating. But Regina has a simple solution - paint what you love. Make a list of all the things that excite you. This is no coincidence, this is part of you and a perfect place to begin. Take a walk and open your eyes to all that surrounds you. There is beauty if you look. Sometimes the best thing to create is the thing right in front of you, that which you are most familiar with.

Try these supplies for vibrant and whimsical results:

Caran D’Ache Oil Pastels

Stabilo 3-in-1 Woody Color Pencils

Uni-Posca Paint Pens

Bright Craft Paint by DecoArt

Mini Canvases with Easels

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REGINA LORD ART GALLERY

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Color Crush Palette 50: Inspired by Nature

Fifty Color Palettes!! I'm so happy to see @colorcrushcreative make it to 50 color palettes!

I think there are endless possibilities with the new palette, Inspired by Nature. Currently I am obsessed with all the colors of Autumn and exploring all the layers of the earth. Nature is a boundless resource for inspiration. How to you see the world? Do you notice that the tiniest seed pushes through the ground to grow and become something - despite the odds? Look with your eyes, listen, feel. Absorb it all and then interpret all these elements into your own work of art inspired by nature. When you're curious, magical things happen!I hope you find yourself inspired by the artists and inspiration images and share your artwork.

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Autumn is upon us and I am thoroughly obsessed with exploring all things nature right now. What I have rediscovered is the joy in playing. There's been a lot of new marks and color combinations happening I my artwork and it has revived my enthusiasm for painting. On a recent family trip to cabin in the woods I spent time creating for just me. Eight glorious hours passed before I even took a break. The results were new discoveries and a renewed creative spirit, but most of all the aha moment of why I wanted to be an artist in the first place.

Making art should be fun and if it's become a chore then you may be on the wrong track. That's when you know it's time to realign yourself and give yourself permission to have fun again. When was the last time you had no agenda while making art?

This is what I want you to do. Schedule yourself a couple hours of uninterrupted time to paint. If it's hard to find time then you need to put it on your calendar and say no to other obligations. Pull out a limited set of supplies. Too many choices leaves you too much time to have to keep making decisions. A few paints, your favorite tools and a stack of paper. And then just ask yourself what if? And go for it...make marks, splash paint, make a mess, have fun and don't think about what you're making, just make something. For yourself. You deserve it!

If you want to know more about how I mix these colors, play with new concepts, used a gelli plate for monoprinting fall leaves or want to join up with the most supportive artist community, then check out the True Colors membership program. There are already 60 videos waiting to 

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Color Crush Palette 49: Harvest Moon

I absolutely love the change of seasons. This time of year feels like a renewal and a time to turn inward as we finally start getting cooler weather in the Northern Hemisphere. Are you down under? Are you feeling the change as well and maybe looking outward to new beginnings? It's so amazing to me to watch how the seasons affect our palettes and our production as artists.

Harvest Moon is no exception to big changes for our artwork. We are making a shift in color palette to cool and earthy. Does it remind you of nightfall and a crispness in the air? How will you combine these colors in your artwork to create an atmosphere that feels like "Harvest Moon"?

I hope you find yourself inspired by the artists and inspiration images and share your artwork. And I hope to find you on Instagram. Tag @colorcrsuhcreative and use the hashtag #cccpalette48 for any work related to Golden Hour or #colorcrushcreative for any colorful post. I can't wait to see your artwork and hope to feature your work on the feed!

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Have you ever used soft pastel? Also known as chalk pastel. These pure pigment sticks are so wonderful for expressive mark making and can really be worked in with any medium. I love starting with a sketch and them doing a wet wash of the pigment before layering acrylic and then finishing with them once again. I managed to get so many unique textures and very atmospheric results when using them in this art journal page.

If you are interested in seeing the full video, plus how to mix your own colors for Harvest Moon, then jump on board with the best membership program on the internet - True Colors has over 50 videos already in the classroom, with a new video added every Friday. Your enrollment is on a 30 day cycle, so you can join anytime and have complete control over how long you stay. All this for only $26/month? That's a low risk/high benefit chance to take on YOUR creative wellbeing! Learn More HERE.


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Color Crush Palette 48: Golden Hour

This time of year I like to think of as the Golden Hour. I don't know about you, but summer has flown by much too quickly and I can already feel the days are getting shorter. The garden is overgrown and we are hanging on to the end of careless summer days wishing for just a few more late night suppers under the stars. So, here's to a a few more pool days, a few more hikes in the woods, a few more minutes on the beach... and then it's going to be back to school, back to work and back to our regular schedule.

I hope you find yourself inspired by the artists and inspiration images and share your artwork. And I hope to find you on Instagram. Tag @colorcrsuhcreative and use the hashtag #cccpalette48 for any work related to Golden Hour or #colorcrushcreative for any colorful post. I can't wait to see your artwork and hope to feature your work on the feed!


This palette happened quite by surprise and it's just so warm and inspiring. You can mix these colors right from your primaries - yes it's possible and I show you how in True Colors. But you can also use some colors right out of the tube. Specifically yellow ochre, indian yellow hue,titan buff, titan green pale, chromium oxide green, and magenta with a touch of cyan....but get creative and remember it's the spirit of the palette, nit the exact interpretation that's important when you create. Make it yours!

It's quite possible to write a long essay about the history and use of the color yellow ochre, after all the story of color is one of my favorite things to study. But I will let you take a peek on your own into the Wiki page if you are interested to learn about this ancient, naturally occurring color.

"Don't wait until you know who you are to get started." Quote from Austin Kleon in his book Steal Like an Artist. It was one of my first motivational books I read when I was ready to take the plunge back into art after a really long break. It's still one of my favorites to refer back to and it's what I'm using this month as a guide in my "big concept" lesson for True Colors. In addition to teaching the foundation of art making, my main goal in my online program is to help artists discover their own voice, or their own "True Colors" and I do that by introducing fear busting lessons, exploring all types of art making concepts, and guiding them to connect the similarities of their own work and life together until what they are passionate about comes through. It's a pretty amazing membership program and the artists have captured my heart. Come see for yourself why hundreds of artists have already taken the plunge in this truly one of a kind online art experience.

This is what Wendy Ward had to say about True Colors this week:

"Wowzers, can I just say I wish I had these videos a few years ago when I was really doing the 'work' on learning color theory! I am embarrassed to say just how much reading and research I have done on this only for your mixing videos to break it down to a simple process that I was able to understand and retain! Your teaching (& not to mention knowledge base) has provided me with so many ah-ha moments. So much of the research actually makes more sense and I am able to apply it to my art in a much more effective way. Thank you so much!!"


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Color Crush Palette 47: Botanical Bliss

Green - the most abundance color of all. The color that gives us hope and renewal and belief that all things will begin again. It is the color of wealth, health and fertility. Some may say you're green with envy, but I say the more that grows the merrier. Green has mostly positive connotations. A green light means go and a green card means you're allowed to stay in the US legally. Green as a word or color is synonymous with nature and the environment. But it's also one of the hardest colors to use successfully in art.

Don't let green intimidate you. Use any shade of green for this week's palette and maybe a pop of an analogous color (next to green on the color wheel) or a complimentary color, like red or magenta. Read the blog post about green or get involved with True Colors to really dive deep into your own color and painting practice. I hope you find yourself inspired by the artists and inspiration images and share your artwork. I hope to find you on Instagram. Tag @colorcrsuhcreative and use the hashtag #cccpalette47 for any work related to Botanical Bliss or #colorcrushcreative for any colorful post. I can't wait to see your artwork and hope to feature your work on the feed!


The best part about green is that there are more options for mixing this beautiful hue than you could ever imagine! Green from a tube will often fall flat, especially when you want to paint images of nature. Any yellow and blue will work to make green - but which two? A light yellow and turquoise will make something eye popping, where more natural colors, like cadmium yellow medium and ultramarine blue, will make earthy tones of green. And when you are looking to make a very subdued green, try adding the complimentary color to your green - like primary magenta. Something magic will happen!

And the most important tip I can give you is to add MORE YELLOW for a lighter shade of green. I oftentimes watch students in class get frustrated because they add white - and that makes mint. Try this project, pick a few yellows, a few blues and make your own color chart. This exercise will really open your eyes to all the possibilities!

If you'd like more color mixing lessons, you can find full length mixing videos in True Colors, along with more than 50 painting and inspirational video lessons like the ones featured in the image below. Maybe it's time for you to discover your True Colors?


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Color Crush Palette 46: Picnic at Midnight

Our latest dreamy palette, Picnic at Midnight! When I romanticize how summer should be I imagine twinkling lights on the back porch late at night with friends and family and talking into the wee hours of the night...and that's exactly what this palette does for me! I'm particularly drawn to the contrast of the dark blue with the bold colors and I think this will make some striking paintings this week. Are you ready to rev up your creative mojo?

Do not be afraid of these bold colors my friends. The worst thing could happen is that you could make a mess and have fun! ;) But seriously - I discovered one of my favorite quotes about making art this last month in the book Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland:

"You learn how to make your work by making your work, and a great many pieces you make along the way will never stand out as finished art. The best you can do is make art you care about - and lots of it!"

Great, now get ready to share your artwork. I hope to find you on Instagram. Tag @colorcrsuhcreative and use the hashtag #cccpalette46 for any work related to Picnic at Midnight or #colorcrushcreative for any colorful post. I can't wait to see your artwork and hope to feature your work on the feed!


The month of July is all about the color MAGENTA! You'll see it in all our color palettes as well as the guest teacher in True Colors - Trupti of @whatacolor_gal. I love the color magenta and find it very versatile. We are having a blast in the True Colors program mixing up paint and learning from new artists all the time.

These colors can easily be mixed using just the 3 primary colors: magenta, cyan and yellow. But some great alternatives would be Prussian Blue for the dark hue, Phthalo Green with some prussian added for the emerald color, just add white to the green for the mint, Green-gold will make that stellar leafy green, yellow is always yellow, and some white added to primary magenta will give you the tints of the pink colors.

How do you make your favorite colors? Do you mix them? Do you buy pre-made tubes? There are no wrong answers - as long as you are always growing and pushing yourself to learn and understand your art materials!

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Color Crush Creative Palette 45: Sunrise to Sunset

Turn up the heat! At least I think someone has around here because it is one hot summer here in the north half. That's ok, what better excuse that to stay inside where it's cool with all your art supplies? It's perfectly fine to get lost playing indoors. Are you making anything new, exploring fun concepts, challenging yourself to keep creating even when the lull of summer is here?

If you are in a rut or need some motivation, then I have the perfect solution for you - Seascape Escape! It's a FREE online mini painting course that I have up for the whole summer. Read about it below.

In the meantime, take a look at these new colors and get ready to share your artwork. I hope to find you on Instagram. Tag @colorcrsuhcreativeand use the hashtag #cccpalette45 for any work related to Sunrise to Sunset or #colorcrushcreative for any colorful post. I can't wait to see your artwork and hope to feature your work on the feed!

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The month of July is all about the color MAGENTA! You'll see it in all our color palettes as well as the guest teacher in True Colors - Trupti of @whatacolor_gal. I love the color magenta and find it very versatile. We are having a blast in the True Colors program mixing up paint and learning from new artists all the time.

In fact this is what Catie Guse had to say this week: I Can’t believe all the great tools and techniques I’ve learned from True COLORS and the reminders of the tricks I knew but had forgotten about😊 This class is hands down the BEST online class I have ever invested in. I actually have to muster the patience to get from Friday to Friday😂 The anticipation is REAL!

If you're ready to take your art to the next level - True Colors is the place to be online!

 

Now...her's a little fun about the color MAGENTA:

Magenta, like pink, is a playful and fun color. Because of its feminine ties, it is also associated with nurturing, abundance and romance. It's an upbeat color. Does it make you happy? 

Magenta is a modern color, a synthetic dye invented by a French Chemist in the mid 1800s. Originally named Fuschine (Fuschia), it was changed to Magenta in honor of a French-Italian battle.

This new found aniline dye created a demand for new hues by the consumers. Soon a color war broke out and companies fought to produce the best and brightest colors, even going so far as to steal trade secrets and tie up manufacturers in court. Eventually magenta went out of fashion. Years later it was discovered that the dye had dangerously high levels of arsenic.

Magenta and other new synthetic hues were a favorite of the Fauvist artists around the turn of the century. A short lived art movement that followed impressionism, Fauvism was led by Andre Derain and Henri Matisse. It celebrated pure hues, bold color combinations and for scenes of nature and people. 

Thanks to CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) color printing, magenta has a permanent place in history. Thank goodness, because Quinacridone Magenta has become an artist favorite!

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Color Crush palette 44: Lost at Sea

Bring on summer!!! These colors certainly make me crave a beachside seat with a fancy drink in hand. But if I can't go to the beach, I can sure bring it to me with this palette. I know that these cool blues are calling your name as well and I can't wait to see what you create using the palette "Lost at Sea". Give yourself the gift of creativity this summer and make some time for your art practice. Even if all you do is bring a box of crayons with you to the beach! ;)

Now, don't let this exact palette inhibit your creative process. Color mixing is for learning but use your intuition when you create and if you go with darker, lighter, bolder, fewer or more colors...well, then do what feels right for your art process. Just keep making more art and tag @colorcrushcreative on Instagram. Use the hashtag #cccpalette44 for these colors or #colorcrushcreative for any colorful post. And don't forget to take the time to be friendly and leave comments for other Crushers!

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From the beginning, Color Crush Creative has always been about colors and the exploration of how to mix them yourself no matter your medium. It's been an exciting process to learn and grow right along with you as I mix paints and test my own knowledge. I have discovered how to mix most colors just using the 3 primary colors - cyan, yellow and magenta. But I love the results from certain premade tubes of paint and I don't hesitate to use them. If you haven't heard by now, Golden Artist Colors are my absolute favorite paints. A couple colors I can't live without are Titan Buff, Turquoise, Prussian Blue, Green-Gold, Transparent Pyrrole Orange, Quinacridone Magenta, Indian Yellow and Permanent Violet Deep.

This go around I choose some premixed colors instead of the primaries that I have been using. You can find Prussian Blue, Turquoise, Titan Buff, Transparent Pyrrole Orange Quinacridone Magenta and Permanent Violet Dark plus Liquitex Professional White Gesso as my white to make all of the different tints and shades of Lost at Sea. Do you think you could get the mix right on your own? Nothing needs to be exact to be successful for Color Crush Creative - just try and tag me on Instagram or share in the Facebook Group!

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Never Stop Learning, Painting With Trupti Karjinni

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INTRODUCING TRUPTI KARJINNI OF @WHATACOLOR_GAL

 Trupti is a watercolor artist, designer and teacher based in Belgaum, India. She is heavily inspired by nature’s serenity and wants her audience to experience the same calmness when they view her artwork, amidst the chaos of the mind and the world. 

One advice I’d like to give all artists in to paint everyday – even if for 5 minutes, just put paint on paper. This ritual is extremely powerful.
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TAKE A LOOK AT TRUPTI'S ART PROCESS

Trupti started painting every day from May, 2017 and shared her work on Instagram. By painting and sharing everyday it made her a better artist much more quickly and propelled her on the journey to be a full-time artist. Trupti strives to capture the light and tranquility in her art. It is the thrill of capturing that fleeting magic on paper and immortalizing it with the unpredictable magic of watercolours that keeps her up late into the night, creating. There is a degree of uncontrollability in watercolours and Trupti likes not being in complete control of the medium all the time. You only need to prod the pigments in the water and they make their own magic. It is oddly freeing in a way.

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A FEW FUN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TRUPTI KARJINNI

  1. Trupti is a HUGE Calvin and Hobbes fan! She has the entire boxed set of all the comics.
  2. She can cook a mean Assamese chicken curry.
  3. Pai is a small village in the Northern mountains of Thailand and it's Trupti's favorite place in the world.
  4. Trupti enjoys a lot of different cuisines but Thai and South Indian are her favorite.
  5. Tea is Trupti's drink of choice. She rarely drinks coffee!
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YOUR TURN: FIVE MINUTES A DAY

Trupti gives us the best advice and has shared the reason for her success. to paint everyday – even if for 5 minutes, just put paint on paper. This ritual is extremely powerful, it sped up my learning in a way I didn’t think was possible.

In the simplest of all projects, your ability will grow if you just paint or draw for at least five minutes a day. In no time you will see results from a daily practice. This is for you, you don't have to be perfect, you don't have to share your work, you don't have to make a masterpiece. You just need to make your mark daily. Every five minutes will add up!

FAVORITE ART SUPPLIES

Daniel Smith Fine Watercolor Paint Set

Silver Watercolor Brush Set

Watercolor Art Journal

Handmade Indian Watercolor Paper 5x7


TRUPTI KARJINNI ART GALLERY

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Seascape Escape Online Painting Course

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FREE Class Offer for Summer of 2018! (Offer has now expired)

We all long for lazy days at the beach. Now you can escape with a little memory or wish of beautiful coastal days in this fun mini course created by Kellee Wynne Studios.

Seascape Escape is an an easy step by step class to teach you how to paint abstracted cloudy seascapes in a process method developed hand-in-hand with the True Colors program. This is an excellent place to begin if you're new to acrylic painting and want to learn more about your materials and how to begin and end simple landscape paintings. If you're a seasoned artist, there is always something new to discover with ideas and techniques you might not have experienced yet.

We start with the modern primary colors: cyan, yellow and magenta and learn how to mix up a rainbow. The color wheel may seem like an elementary project, but it is a great eye opener to how colors work together. In addition to a step-by-step downloadable PDF there is a complete tutorial on painting the mini seascape in a series. These concepts will be reinforced with additional painting videos of the mini seascapes in action. And because there are always extras with Kellee Wynne Studios, a complete video tutorial of painting the seascape on a larger canvas is being added as a bonus.

Get started today with instant access on an easy to use platform. Once you've registered, this video series is yours to watch, rewatch and enjoy for as long as you'd like. 

For the entire summer of 2018 you can get this e-course for FREE. (Sorry, Free class has now expired)

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Wild at Heart, Painting with Taylor Lee

Taylor Lee is our June 2018 Guest Artist on True Colors, a monthly art course. She shares how she creates large scale abstract blooms in an outstanding video lesson. The video is always available to go back and watch no matter when you join the program. Learn more HERE.

Taylor Lee is a color-obsessed artist with a passion for communicating through acrylic paintings. She is from a small, rural town in North Carolina. She is most recognized for her bold use of concentrated color that often incorporates free-spirited marks that create dichotomies between the wild and thoughtful, the bold and vulnerable. Taylor is also vocal about her experience with mental illness. She finds ways to bring the reality of a stigmatized mental illness into a celebratory light, creating paintings that are buzzing with energy, movement, and loud colors. You can learn more about her at www.taylorleepaints.com