Cupcakes And The Theory of Color Mixing



Theory of Color Mixing…?

Darrell has definitely been spending way too much time on the treadmill lately.

Seriously…… I can still remember the evening,  I received an urgent call from my 7 year-old grand-daughter, Sabrina,  inviting me to please come over and help her with her homework.

Seems she wasn’t doing well in Art.  And her teacher felt that if her artist Pop Pop could teach her colors, that would be quite a big boost to her academic future.

Heaven forbid that her academic future be endangered!

I dropped everything and headed out the door.  Stopping only for a few items at the grocery store.  I arrived at her house, spread the supplies on the table and began our lesson.

At the grocery store, I’d bought red, blue, yellow, white, and black cake icing.  I had also purchased a dozen plain un-iced mini-cupcakes, napkins and a dozen large paper plates.

Spreading the items on the kitchen table, I couldn’t help but watch her fascinated eyes get large in great anticipation as she inspected everything.

I began by asking how many colors are in the whole, wide world.

She felt that there was definitely over a hundred and that every one of them was different.

I explained that she was right and in fact no-one really knows exactly how many there are.  However there are only three primary colors in the whole wide, wide world.  That was because no other colors could make them.

CM_ColorMixing  With great relish I had Sabrina cover three mini-cupcakes with icing.  One yellow which we placed on a round paper plate at the 12 o’clock position.  A red one at 8 o’clock and  a blue one at 4 o’clock.

“Now can we eat them, PopPop?”

“Nope.  We’ve got more colors to mix.”

Sabrina looked all over for others colors and couldn’t find them.

So I showed her how to mix the primary colors to form a secondary color.

As she saw the cake icing turn orange or green or purple, she quickly named them and screamed with delight.  By now she was well into the exercise.  We soon had a purple mini-cupcake at 6 o’clock, a green mini-cupcake at 2 o’clock and an orange mini-cupcake at 10 o’clock.

“Now can we eat them, PopPop?”

“Nope.  We’ve got more colors to mix.”

This time Sabrina knew what to do.  We quickly mixed up all of the intermediate colors and soon had 12 different colored cupcakes in a circle on the plate.  I was able to teach Sabrina about complements, that cold colors went from 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock and that warm colors went from 6 o’clock to 12 o’clock. We saw how to make each of the 12 colors lighter or darker with white and black icing.

We finally came to the moment Sabrina had long anticipated. Someone had to eat all those brilliantly colored mini-cupcakes.

She first tackled the primary colors, letting her mother help her.

Secondary and Intermediate cupcakes would be included in her school lunches.

For the next several days, Sabrina had some serious work ahead of her. As we finished cleaning up the table

Sabrina suddenly proclaimed, “I have to find Nick.”

Nick is her 15-year old brother.

“I have to teach him his colors.  This is important!”

Yes, Sabrina, its definitely  important to know your colors.  And it is especially important for art students to know their colors as well. The better we know our colors, the better our paintings.  The more alive our paintings will become with fresh, vibrant colors. And best of all, even though our learning of colors may not be quite as delicious as Sabrina’s experience, its just as easy.

I know The Basic Techniques of Color Mixing will help you.

The Basic Techniques of Color Mixing is a suite of seven (7) Video Art Lessons approximately two hours each in length.

Darrell_Palette-w  Lesson #1:  Selecting Colors For Your Palette.  This lesson reviews how Darrell selected his base set of 19 colors and how you should evaluate all of the colors available from manufacturers to select your own personal choice of colors for your standard palette.

fp-w  Lesson #2  Color Theory.  This is the heart of the Color Mixing Series of Art Lessons.  This video takes the student a detailed discussion and demonstration of how to mix colors and how to study colors.  Yes, it does get a bit technical (Warm Colors vs Cold Colors, Complements, etc…)

Color_Mixing_Winner Lesson #3  Color Mixing.  This is an eye opening video lesson.  We show lots of examples on how to match colors in order to achieve the desired results.  More importantly, this series of Art Instructional Videos will show you one simple process for studying colors so that you can easily reproduce a color, or design a whole new series of compatible, exciting colors for your new original painting.

color_charts  Lesson #4 & Lesson #5.  Color Design.  The key to success in producing fantastic masterpieces is often in selecting colors that will be instantly exciting to your market.  In this Mixing Color series of Art Instructional videos, We show you how to use the color wheel, use color recipe books, and a little known secret to ensure the overall design of your panting will be widely accepted.

Someone else has already spent millions of dollars to study color co-ordination for commercial use.  All we need to do is accept their advice.  It’s so easy, that this one tip is worth far more than the price of this entire series.  Let me explain why this is so critical.  Art is sold to entirely different markets, The Gift market is $150 and under, The Home Decoration market is from $150 to $750.  The Struggling Artist Market is from $500 to $2,000.  The Collector’s market is above $2,000.

The demographics of each market is quite different.  Color is incredibly the single most important decision criteria in the Home Decoration market.  For the struggling artist and the collector’s market, other factors weigh in as heavily as color choices. So its important to choose wisely in designing color for your paintings.  

Lesson 6 & Lesson 7.  Painting Examples.  In these two painting demonstrations (Lessons) I go through my entire process of thinking on color and putting together the right choices of color to achieve specific results.  I show how to match colors for a Home Decoration seascape, Quiet Moment, and how to match color for a Struggling Artist portrait I call, It is Finished.   These two lessons are important, not in the scene I’m producing, but you get to hear how I made the choices so you can formulate your own sequence of color design.

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YES! I want the Basic Techniques of Mixing Color.


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