August 4, 2006, Newsletter Issue #29: "Basic" colors

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Question: I am a begining oil painter. I was wondering what colors you suggest a beginer buy. I`ve heard students in my classes talking about how they use only a few "basic" colors, in which they can mix a large range of colors from. Do you have any tips?

Answer: These are our recommended 10 "core" colors: Titanium White Cadmium Red Medium Hue Ultramarine BlueBurnt SiennaCadmium Yellow Medium HueCerulean Blue HueMars BlackPermanent Green Lt.Phthalo GreenHookers Green.

They should suffice for a beginning. Colors as purchased are rarely found to be exactly as needed for the artistīs work. The blending of colors to produce the right color and shade is always required. Understanding Color Theory and blending is probably the key secret to real art. It takes time and practice. Certainly, being taught by the right teacher can help. Eventually, the artists brings out his own natural talent and skill in this.

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