September 4, 2022

Not Just Any Orange

I’ve been thinking about the colors I use and noticed I tend to work with colors on either side of the standard colors. For instance, I never use a straight orange. Instead, I’ll start with it and add yellow or yellow ochre to make it dirtier and less saturated. Or I’ll go the other way and add red to make a redder variation of orange.

Let me show you…

Mixing colors that stay on either side of primaries or secondary colors keeps your palette uniquely yours and interesting. So give it a try and see what you like!

What particular colors do you love? Let us know in the comments.

This week’s podcast is all about the color orange. It’s one of my favorite colors and it turns out many people have emotional connections with it. During my recent hike in Mont Blanc, I met a man who studies the science of color. He knows so much and there’s so much to know! I hope you’ll join me. Click here to listen to and subscribe to the Art2Life Podcast.

We also have something very special coming! Each year, around this time, I ask myself, “How can I bring more of what I love into my art?” Answering it has become a process that is always clarifying and often leads to creating my best and strongest art. Last year I shared this process with thousands of other artists. It was so helpful for them that I decided to do it again this year.

It is called the Creative Breadcrumbs Challenge and it is free! It begins on September 12th and it lasts 5 days. It will help you ignite your art-making mojo and find your way back to what you love. I’ll also be doing a warm-up call on Friday for those who sign up! I’ll be showing you the recipes for 2 more of my favorite colors. I hope to see you there!

Join me for the Creative Breadcrumbs Challenge.


PS The 2022 Art2Life International Juried Art Exhibition is open! Click here to see all of the amazing art in this year’s show.

Thank you to all of the incredible artists that participated, a BIG congratulations to all that were selected, and a special thank you to our juror, Jack Fischer of the Jack Fischer Gallery!

A lot of the art is for sale. If you see a piece you like, please contact the artist directly (through the contact link) to arrange a purchase. The artist keeps 100% of the proceeds of their sale.

Nicholas Wilton

Hi! I’m
Nicholas Wilton
the founder of Art2Life.

With over 20 years experience as a working artist and educator, I’ve developed a systematic approach that brings authenticity, spontaneity and joy back into the creative process.

Join me and artists from all over the world in our Free Art2Life Artists Facebook Group or learn more here about Art2Life.

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