Perspectives No. 446 - Color Shift

Color Shift

Perspectives No. 446

landscape oil painting by John Hulsey
A Fine Season     Oil     © J. Hulsey

   Fall colors have us changing our palette mixes as we move away from the deep greens of summer and spend more time with our yellows, reds, and earth colors. On the ground around us in the Midwest, the native grasses turn bright orange and russet and work nicely with the bright reds and crimsons of sumacs and wild burning bushes. Poison ivy vines finally redeem themselves to us by lifting their bright reds high into the yellow-greens and golds of the trees. It is one of the finer moments to get outdoors and paint, and it helps to relieve our melancholy as the leaves drop from the sky. We love painting in the fall, so much so that we took a trip down to Abiquiu, New Mexico a couple of weeks ago to paint the high altitude change of colors of the cottonwoods and aspen trees. Spectacular.
   With all this color drama happening, we thought it would be a good time to re-present one of our extensive articles on color mixing: Understanding Light in the Landscape, Part III. If you haven’t looked into this one yet, or if it has been awhile, you will find the information and illustrations illuminating! We revisited all three "Light in the Landscape" articles and were reminded just how important and useful the techniques and information are for improving our painting efforts.

   If you want to see these techniques in action and receive personal tutoring or tips from us, sign up for one of our live online painting classes, either watercolor or oil. We use Zoom to come right into your studio and demonstrate a new subject nearly every Thursday evening. Subjects include landscape, still life or floral. You may record the class, or, better yet, access our edited recording later to watch again and paint along. Post your efforts to our private, students-only Facebook Group page and get feedback and tips from us—all included with your class fee. Info at:

   Can’t attend a class? Go to the Workshops page above, select Workshop Videos and choose from 16 edited class demonstrations. (Reference photo link and Vimeo link are included with your receipt).

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