My Studio Rules
Tip #3: Paint the pure clean colour first, then add the shadow by blending in. Highlights and Shadows must be in ALL objects or subjects of a painting. Use the FULL range of TONE, that is from dark to light must be in all paintings.
Tip #5: Keep no more than FIVE COLOURS and Pure White in your studio (At least to start with). For pure, vibrant looking colours I use the following transparent colours; Cadmium yellow, Cadmium Red, Ultra Marine Blue, Alizarin Crimson and Pithalo or Viridian Green. You get many different makes but the important thing is not to add any “pretty” colours to the five as you will spoil it!!
Tip #6: Always try to introduce texture in your paintings (I generally make use of a painting knife). Paintings without TEXTURE are flat, like colouring in or paint by numbers. Do not go OVER brushstrokes once your painting is done!
Tip #7: OIL and TURPS destroy the quality of paint itself. Avoid adding these and NEVER thin your paint.
Tip #8: White is NOT a colour - too much white will make your painting appear Chalky. The worst you can do is to add black to any painting, I say it time and time again to my students, but I see the books say you must add black with a colour to make it darker, my goodness! It destroys it!!!
Tip #9: Use BIG brushes, at least a 50mm (2 inch) brush and a BIG painting knife as it will remove the temptation of fiddling. Clean brushes with turpentine - NOT soap water. Store with an application of vaseline.
Tip #11: Keeping your hands clean and free of paint after painting is important, and having soap under your nails will help when cleaning your hands after painting.