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The Surprising Truth About Colours

Ever had one of those moments when what you see isn’t quite what you get? Especially with colours? I have a little story for you, and it comes with a neat little trick that’s going to help you see more clearly, just like it did for me and my students.

So, here’s what happened: one of my students wanted to practice painting fabric folds and chose a dress from a painting as his subject. He was all set to start, picking out what he thought were the perfect light colours for the dress. But, I’ve been down that road before, thinking I’ve got the colours all figured out, only to be surprised later. So, I suggested we take a closer look at the colours on my computer first.

We pulled the painting into Photoshop to separate the colours from those around it. The truth was there, clear as day the colours were much darker than they appeared. It was a classic case of our eyes playing tricks on us, influenced by the surrounding hues.

This whole experience took me back to my early days, struggling to get a grip on colour mixing. It felt like no matter how hard I tried, the colours on my palette never matched up with what I envisioned. Sound familiar? Well, that’s exactly why I’m here to share a ridiculously simple, yet incredibly effective trick to help you see colours in a whole new light (quite literally!).

It’s all about cutting through the noise – or in this case, the surrounding colours – to see the true hue you’re working with. And the best part? All you need is a piece of paper and something to make a hole with. No fancy gadgets, no expensive tools. Just a straightforward, tried-and-tested method that’s as enlightening for experienced artists as it is for beginners.

This trick is just the tip of the iceberg. In my upcoming Brush Flow Community, I’m sharing lots of tips, and challenges designed to sharpen your skills and deepen your understanding of the art world. It’s more than just learning; it’s about growing together in our creative journeys.

So, whether you’re battling with colour mixing, trying to capture the perfect texture, or just looking to connect with fellow art lovers, click on the link below to join the waitlist. I’m opening doors in just over a week. There’s so much more I can’t wait to share with you.

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