Color Crush Creative Palette 10: Southwest Heat

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!

#cccpalette10: Southwest Heat

images by: & @annieeveringham

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


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)

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