Color Crush Creative Palette 10: Southwest Heat

What does a rainbow look like? Take a look at the @colorcrushcreative Instagram feed and you'll find yourself in a rainbow explosion! Just for fun, take a look at how the palette turned out on the Instagram feed. I am smitten!

From the @colorcrushcreative Instagram Feed

Welcome to a Summer of Color!

With the temperatures on the rise all across the world, it seems apropo to start with the warmest colors on our palette. Introducing "Southwest Heat", an analogous color scheme to help you familiarize yourself with yellow, orange, red and magenta and everything in between!

Now, let me give you some instructions to get you started. If you are not already color confident, your assignment is to just play. If you are color confident, your assignment is also to just play. Don't worry about making a painting. When was the last time you just let the paints splash on the page without a plan?

Get out your favorite paints and start mixing the colors together. If you didn't already do this for Roy G. Biv, now is your time to concentrate on just using a couple colors. You need just three colors plus white to make each of the colors in Southwest Heat. Spend some time mixing, matching and possibly even making a chart to keep track of what happens when you mix different amounts of each paint. There is no right or wrong answer when you are just painting for yourself.

Try these paints:

Cadmium Yellow Light (primrose) or Hansa Yellow Light

Cadmium Red Medium or Pyrrole Red

Quiacradone Magenta

#cccpalette10: Southwest Heat

images by: @ellsarts@the_hooded_canvas@art.studio.zlatina & @annieeveringham

Art Supply Love

I'm in love with this product by Golden paints. I've just started playing with it (see the header and the blog banner I made!) and it's vibrancy is unparalleled. If you really want to treat yourself, this is the set to buy. Every color I will be suggesting in our Summer of Color will be in this set. If you prefer acrylic or oil paint, You can find that each of the colors will be available in those mediums as well.

QoR Moden Watercolor set, 24 5ml tubes

 

 

From the Golden Paint website: "QoR watercolors (pronounced core and meaning Quality of Results) can take your watercolor painting to the next level. Made by Golden Artist Paints, they provide exceptionally smooth transitions, have excellent glazing qualities, and offer greater resistance to cracking or flaking. The exclusive Aquazol binder means vibrant, intense colors with more pigment density than traditional watercolors, and they stay brilliant even after dry. This 24 color set includes a full range of 5ml tubes that will suit any artist. Wells built in the case for mixing colors."

Other Products that might help you in your color journey:

Color Theory: An essential guide to color-from basic principles to practical applications

Color Wheel, Small Color Mixing Guide

Golden paint, Heavy Body Acrylic Paint Classic Theory Color Mixing (Set of 8)


Join the *NEW* Color Crush Creative Club facebook group where we share, learn and grow together in a supportive community. Make your request HERE.

As we grow the Color Crush Creative community, those who stand out have a chance to be featured on Instagram or as the weekly featured artist. Those who subscribe to COLOR FOR YOUR INBOX will get the weekly color combination two days earlier than everyone else. Who doesn't want a two day jump start to play and post their colorful projects?

Color Crush Creative Palette 9: Roy G. Biv

Last week I asked for feedback about Color Crush Creative and I got an overwhelming, consistent response from those of you who replied - you need more help with color mixing!

I think I take color for granted because I've been painting and working with color for over 25 years. Only after looking back at my early experience can I see where I started and how much of a struggle I went through to see color and understand how it works.

My goal is to help you feel good about creating and sharing your original art, to include color mixing, value, composition and technique. So, this week I am launching a special 8 week color project to focus on color education, mixing and creating with color confidently. Are you ready for a Summer of Color?

#CCCPALETTE9: ROY G. BIV

Image credit: @robertandstella@nibyniebo_@twiggyabi & @juutlovesfood

Introducing Roy G. Biv. This is a fun English acronym for the colors of the Rainbow: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet. Are you ready to dive into color? For the next 8 weeks together we will explore each color and how to make it sing. I think this is just the right project to help beginners and experts alike really boost their color skills.

To get started, this week just have fun with the rainbow. Anything goes! Use one color, use all...paint in saturated hues or tone them down with different values. Mix, match, blend and explore, and don't forget to use white! And while you play, I will be working on bringing you more great information, to include more blog posts and soon even videos!

Here are a few important keys to using color successfully:

1. Vary the proportions of color. It will keep your artwork interesting if the color choices are NOT all equal in amount. Choose one to be the dominant color and others to be secondary. Sometimes this can be explained as "Gallon, Pint, Cup, Tablespoon".

2. Use a range of values. This means lights and darks or intense and soft. If you use the same level of value for all your colors your artwork will fall flat.

3. Give your eye somewhere to rest by allowing breathing space in your artwork. You may have some areas of great action, movement and intense color, but allow for some space of calm and rest. You can use white or a non-dominant color.

4. Limit your palette. Of course this is where Color Crush Creative has been coming in handy by providing weekly ideas on limited palette colors. A rainbow of colors may seem like a great idea but it's much harder to focus your artwork and create a cohesive piece when you have too many choices. So, pick two or three and give it a whirl.

5. Practice, practice, practice. If you make mud, start again. Pull out your three PRIMARY colors (red, yellow, blue = Cadmium Red medium, Cadmium Yellow light, Ultra Marine Blue) and mix up as many combinations as you can. When you've exhausted those colors pick a different set of three (Pyrole Red, Hansa Yellow and Cerulean Blue). And so on... Only by doing will you really begin to understand!

 
 

I've shared my tools of the trade before and I want to give you the link once more, here are some resources that can really help you learn color theory:

Color Theory: An essential guide to color-from basic principles to practical applications

Color Wheel, Small Color Mixing Guide

Golden paint, Heavy Body Acrylic Paint Classic Theory Color Mixing (Set of 8) 8)

 

Join the *NEW* Color Crush Creative Club facebook group where we share, learn and grow together in a supportive community. make your request HERE.

As we grow the Color Crush Creative community, those who stand out have a chance to be featured on Instagram or as the weekly featured artist. Those who subscribe to COLOR FOR YOUR INBOX will get the weekly color combination two days earlier than everyone else. Who doesn't want a two day jump start to play and post their colorful projects?

Minimal Abstract Love with Sara Sha

 

Introducing Sarah Sha of @sarasha_art

Sara Sha is a minimal abstract painter, print maker and surface designer from Capitola, California. Vibrant colors and strong, sweeping paint marks are the dominant characteristics of her works. If you're still shy to use bold color, then this is the artist to inspire you to take a big risk and learn to let go of fear. If you heed her approach to just have fun with it, it can really take the pressure off you when you face the blank canvas.

Sometimes I just do it and I can’t say where it comes from, I am just playing and having fun. I like to have this approach. If I don’t like it, I cover it up or erase it or start over. It is not a big deal.

 

Sara usually workS on a few paintings at a time, lining them up so brush strokes can continue from one canvas to the next. She picks out the colors she wants to work with, usually focusing on 2 or 3. Grabbing a squeegee, Sara moves the paint across the canvases, in a fluid, continuous motion. Her goal is to keep the paint strokes minimal, so one can relish in it, keeping negative space in the equation.  She uses other tools to make texture.  After letting the paintings dry, she hangs them in the studio to look at them while doing other tasks. Sometimes they are done, most times they need another layer of some medium. If the painting isn't working out, she might add white paint in places. Worst case she'll gesso the entire painting. About letting go and experimenting Sara says, "The main thing is that I am having fun and always keeping it interesting."

 

TAKE A LOOK INSIDE SARA SHA'S ART PROCESS:

A FEW FUN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SARA:

1. For 16 years Sara Sha has been a full-time Union Commercial Electrician in the Silicon Valley. She wanted to pursue art in college, but her practical mother did not want her to be a ‘starving artist’. We are grateful Sara hasn't given up her passion while working a full time job!

2. Water is a big inspiration in Sara's artwork. She lives by the ocean and even when she's not trying to make a painting inspired by water she finds it interesting that it subconsciously happens anyway.

3. Sara attributes her vibrant color choices to her annual vacations to Mexico growing up, traveling for a month every year to visit family and friends. The bright colored houses, folk art and Guadalupe shrines would always catch her attention and still influences the colors she uses in her work.

4. When a local artist invited Sara to his class on ‘Blind Painting’, she said yes.  She put a blind fold on, and let go. Let go of fears such as, ‘Will it look good if I do this?’ She painted care free and when she was done she loved the painting. So did her grandfather, he ended up buying it! This experiment ignited a passion for painting in abstract. 

5. Sara's philosophy is to do whatever it takes to keep moving forward in her art business. From taking a photography class, reading books, learning from professionals and even working for free for a framer to learn how to build frames, put hardware on and mat art for a floating look. Sara never stops learning what she needs to know to grow.

Find out more about Sara Sha on her website: Sarasha.net


EXPERIMENT WITH BLIND PAINTING:

If you find a blank canvas or white page intimidating, try out Sara's freeing experience with blind painting yourself. Gather 4-5 bold colors and a few painting tools and cover your eyes for a ten or fifteen minute session of play.

Let go of the results and just have fun for a change. This experience might give you just what you need to to get out of a rut and be reminded that the process is just as important as the end results. Here are a few ideas on supplies to get you started on your blind painting journey:

 
 
 
 
 
Kellee Wynne Studios Art supply list Try this great supply! Click to see more on Amazon.jpg

SARA'S WORK COMES TOGETHER:

Minimal Abstract Love with Sara Sha on Kellee Wynne Studios 15.jpg

Don't forget to sign up for "Color for Your Inbox" and get the weekly Color Crush Creative color palette two days early! Plus lots of other great tips and tricks to help you with your creative journey!

Color Crush Creative Palette 8 : Wild Wonderland

Can you believe we are moving into week 8 with this passion project? I have so many fun ideas and projects coming up for you this year. From ecourses, art tips and color mixing guides to more featured artists and exclusives for subscribers. This journey so far has been a great joy every week and I hope this week is no exception! Please continue to share your work and give @colorcrushcreative a boost by mentioning the account or tagging #colorcrushcreative for all colorful or creative posts on your own Instagram account and #cccpalette8 for this week's colors. Also don't hesitate to pin your favorite images from this blog to Pinterest!

And....the new palette is here! Things are heating up around here with summer arriving in full force here on the east coast. This week's palette is a combination of jewel tone colors to remind us of happy summer days. I hope to see your bold, bright and playful works of art full of color filling up the Color Crush Creative feed very soon.

#cccpalette8: Wild Wonderland


Have you been wondering just how posts are selected for the feed? First, I do pick from a selection of artists that I find, follow and love as I casually scroll through Instagram to help fill out the feed, especially for the first couple days when artists are still warming up to the new colors. Some of these Instagramers I have been a long time admirer, others are new to me, and a few are even my friends in real life.

As for participants in the weekly challenge, I am not looking for the most popular or well known artist. I am specifically searching for how well the colors are used and speak to the overall feel for the weekly theme. Another important factor is how well the image is photographed. I usually look for straight on images with light or white backgrounds. (Read THIS POST for some great photo tips.)

"Color Crush" Abstract Floral by Kellee Wynne Conrad, acrylic and oil pastel, mixed media

"Color Crush" Abstract Floral by Kellee Wynne Conrad, acrylic and oil pastel, mixed media


As we grow the Color Crush Creative community, those who stand out have a chance to be featured on Instagram or as the weekly featured artist. Those who subscribe to COLOR FOR YOUR INBOX will get the weekly color combination two days earlier than everyone else. Who doesn't want a two day jump start to play and post their colorful projects?

Color Crush Creative Palette 6: Happy Home

Color Crush Creative Palette 6: Happy Home

I am so excited to bring you another great week of Color Crush! It's hard to believe how quickly our community and this color palette project is growing. Thank you so much to all who participate and continue to spread the word about all the color goodness we have going on. The more we share the better it will be for everyone. It means more opportunity for recognition, new creative friends to meet all over the world, inspiring ideas and advice, a chance to be the featured artist and even more surprises coming soon for active participants.

My Favorite Supplies for Acrylic Painting

My Favorite Supplies for Acrylic Painting

WHAT SUPPLIES DO I NEED TO START ACRYLIC PAINTING?

I'm asked often about what supplies I use to create my artwork. So I am going to give you a run down of my favorite acrylic painting supplies. So, what do I use? I love Golden acrylic paints. I work fast and in thin layers, so usually I turn to Golden Fluid Paint the most. I often follow up with Golden Heavy Body for details or texture. All of these paints have a very high pigment load and can resist fading over time, an important thing if you want your painting to last.

Color Crush Creative Palette 5: Island Punch

Color Crush Creative Palette 5: Island Punch

Ready for the reveal!? Welcome this delicious, candy color palette. Refreshing and certainly should be an easy palette to create with. Use it to inspire your latest art project, collage, fiber art, painting, digital design, photography - go for it! And then share it with us on Instagram using the hashtag #cccpalette5 for this week's colors and #colorcrushcreative for any colorful post. 

Art Journal Love with Fatima Bano

Art Journal Love with Fatima Bano

She's a mixed media artist from Singapore who is not afraid to express herself with vibrant colors and bold marks. If you're having a hard time getting started with Color Crush Creative's weekly color palette project, then try out this great idea that Fatima had to try out the color combinations in an art journal. Art journals are not only great practice, but also a way to take the pressure off yourself as you explore new ideas.

5 Quick Tips for Better Instagram Photos

5 Quick Tips for Better Instagram Photos

Let's face it, if you want your Instagram feed to stand out, you need to take better photos. You don't need a fancy camera, or elaborate equipment.  You don't need to be a designer or a stylist. And you don't have to spend all day taking the perfect photo, but you do need bright, clear and consistent photos if you want your work to be eye-catching.

First, since you're posting to Instagram, it makes sense to just use your phone camera. These days most smartphones have cameras that rival a digital camera. And you can edit the image and post directly to your account once you have the perfect shot. Ok, here are a few quick things you can do that will make all the difference in your social media game:

Color Crush Creative Palette 3: Aruba Afternoon

Color Crush Creative Palette 3: Aruba Afternoon

This is Week Three and we are cooling things down a bit with this aqua inspired color palette. Calm and refreshing and colors nearly everyone will love to work with: turquoise, aqua and soft neutrals. They are not only easy on the eyes but easy to make successful artwork. Posts on Instagram that stand out will be featured on the Color Crush Creative Instagram feed. Take heed to the dominant color of this week's palette and make sure you photograph your artwork straight on using indirect sunlight for best results. Adjust the brightness with your editing app if you need to. More tips on taking great photographs for social media coming to the blog later this week!