Mastering Hues in Your Paintings

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For your exercises, you will need your painting gear and a painting surface appropriate to your medium.

It is important that you approach your study as just that–a study exercise. YOU ARE NOT MAKING A PAINTING, but you are doing a practice exercise that is studying methods for mastering HUES. For this reason, if your medium is oils or acrylic, please do NOT use stretched canvas for your exercises. Gessoed card stock or sheet canvas will work just fine. If your medium is watercolor, pastels or gouache, use the quality of paper that will give you the best results.

The size of your painting surface should be no larger than 12” x 16”. Otherwise, there will be too much space to manage to keep your attention on working the concept you are working with. Beyond this, use the paints and brushes with which you are most comfortable working. Dianne’s intention is not to change your choices to hers, but to focus on learning one of the best ways to use your attention to the concepts being taught.

NOTE for Watercolor & Acrylic painters: If you are using acrylic or pastels, for the notan, use a thin wash made from watercolor. For this, it’s okay to use the less expensive ones, including the pans such as Prang sets. Watercolor painters will probably prefer working out the notan on scrap sheet or in the sketch book. Some watercolor painters (such as Mary Whyte) often will set a faint notan on damp paper in a wash of ultramarine blue. What’s important is that you have firmly found the pattern of light and shadow.

3 thoughts on “Mastering Hues in Your Paintings”

  1. What is the product for this course?
    Do we choose our own piece to work with or do all students produce the same piece.
    If all students produce the same piece…what is that piece.


    1. Carmen, For all of the courses, Dianne offers three reference options to choose from, or you can use your own reference. The goal is for you to learn the concept being taught and apply it to any painting you create. Hope this helps.

  2. Thanks so much for the answer.
    Trying to find best time for class….just partially retired and, thankfully year end particularly busy.

    …but am hoping to give myself, this class I think, for my birthday next month…;-)

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