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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