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Understanding Colour
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Have you ever found that the colours in your paintings appear to change as your painting progresses?

If so, you’ve probably been experiencing the way that colour is RELATIVE.

In this little video I explain a way to think about colour that will help you work with this, and inject realism into your paintings:

I hope this helps you on your painting journey.

If this video makes sense to you I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

34 Comments
  1. Marlys Jacobson 4 months ago

    Always love your tips and instructions. So helpful! Holiday busyness over, Recovering from flu now, but looking forward to being away for a month again where I’ll have lots of time to paint!

  2. Tricia Kelly 4 months ago

    Great job Anna!

  3. Karen 4 months ago

    Thank you. This is very helpful.

  4. Linda Val 4 months ago

    Outstanding video Anna! Thank you for helping me to understand the meaning of hue and tone.

  5. Ayyaz Hussain 4 months ago

    Wonderful!

  6. Mizelle Jane 4 months ago

    I love all your tips

  7. Taisa 4 months ago

    Hello Anna! Thank you for the video. This will help me to be more attentive to the color and shades of watercolors. I congratulate you and your family on the coming New Year! Sincerely, Taisa.

  8. Gail 4 months ago

    Great tips, thanks!

  9. kirk 4 months ago

    Thank you Anna , I am 85 , fit and healthy. Really enjoying embarking on your lessons.. you have inspired me.

    Usually find it difficult to relax and now spending hours enjoying myself learning something new and creative.

    My wife is happy to see me still still and loves the results.

    Christmas blessings to you and yours.
    Don

    • Debbie E Connett 4 months ago

      KIRK, I THOUGHT OF GRANDMA MOSES, AND AMERICAN FOLK ARTIST WHO ALWAYS DABBLED IN ART AS A CHILD ETC…BUT, NOT UNTIL SHE WAS 76 SHE GOT HER RIGHTFUL PLACE IN THE ART WORLD…AND MADE IT A SUCCESS IN HER 80’s. HER FIRST BIG SHOW CAME ABOUT WHEN THE LOCAL DRUG STORE OWNER PUT SOME OF HER WORK IN HIS WINDOW AND WHA-LA HER CAREER BEGAN!!! SHE LIVED TO 101 YEARS OLD. SHE LOVED HER ART AS WELL AS MILLIONS AND STILL DO!!! THINK OF IT HER FIRST PAINTING SOLD FOR $3000 ( US) THAT WAS LIKE A MILLION BUCKS THEN!!!! SORRY FOR GOING ON AND ON ABOUT THIS…..YOUR LITTLE POST REMINDED ME OF HER RIGHT AWAY!!! IM 65 AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A WILDLIFE ARTIST IN GRAPHIC PENCIL AND INK AND AT 65 IM JUST NOW LEARNING HOW DRAW WITH “COLOR”….KEEP ON PAINTING!!! LOVE TO SEE A POST ON HERE WHEN YOU ARE 100!!!! 🙂 HAPPY PAINTING!!! DEB 🙂

      • Author
        Anna Mason 4 months ago

        I LOVE Grandma Moses! Total inspiration.

  10. Alice Gruenwald 4 months ago

    Hi Anna. I am at a point in my life where I have time and I am delving deeply into the things I have always wanted to do. I never realized all there is to know about watercoloring, so your videos and classes are very helpful and i m very much enjoying. Happy new year to you too

  11. Rabea 4 months ago

    Thanks Anna for this video, my problem is the shadow especially the lesson of the rose (Pink).
    Too many petal.

  12. W,A. Gibson 4 months ago

    Thank you Anna beautifully explained …I am. nearly 80 yrs , your chats are begining to swing me back pick up my W/col brushes again .
    I love your work and pleasant manner of tuition .
    My best regards to you and baby and hubby for success in 2018 .
    Bill / Cambridge UK.

    • Author
      Anna Mason 4 months ago

      Thanks Bill – you’re never too old to get back into it! 🙂

  13. Cheryl Adelmeyer 4 months ago

    Thanks, good information.

  14. Mike Strickland 4 months ago

    Your technique of painting light layers, then dark layers, then mid-tone layers along with tone juggling has been a real eye opener for me!

    I’m doing the flower in your Craftsy class and with your help, this is the first time I’ve been happy with painting in watercolor! Your instruction is great!

  15. John Jong Kyu kim 4 months ago

    Hi Anna
    I appreciate you that you show wonderful painting through video.
    john JK Kim

  16. Jennifer Mitchell 4 months ago

    Thank you Anna, I now understand how critically important tones/values are to my paintings and will NO longer stress over hue, phew!

  17. Rita Watts 4 months ago

    You are one of the best.

  18. Rita Watts 4 months ago

    Your the best.

  19. Sandra De 4 months ago

    Thanks Anna, it is always good to have a reminder about tone and hue as to seems to be easily forgotten when I am painting.

  20. Carissima 4 months ago

    Wonderful. Thanks Anna. I realized it, while painting the champignons. Tone and hue are very important.

  21. Yvonne Ward 4 months ago

    Hi Anna,
    I used to draw and paint when u was a child. My mom was a fashion designer and illustration. She was passionate about her art. I am now 62 years old and have rediscovered my passion for art and in particular watercolor. THANK You For All Your WONDERFUL Tips . I liked your lesson on tone and hue. I am also on craftsy. I enjoy taking your craftsy classes. Your easy teaching style has given me confidence. And I have finally discovered my passion for painting.

  22. Everett Leeds 4 months ago

    To an amateur like me, that post Colour & Hue was most interesting-something I had not thought about at all. Hope baby is doing & behaving well!

  23. Tülün 4 months ago

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    Thank you so simply explained yet so useful. Best wishes to you and your family.

  24. Clayre 4 months ago

    Thanks to your DVDs and tips regarding values, I have turned the corner in my watercolor painting. Thanks so much, Anna, for the time you devote to teaching others. You are the best!

  25. Noelle 4 months ago

    Thank you, Anna ! Just love your videos ….you’re a real pro ! Love and light be yours

  26. June Mitchell 4 months ago

    Very helpful thank you xx

  27. Learner 3 months ago

    Thank you, Anna! Excellent video. Your a wonderful teacher. This is a great online School! Lots to learn and grow. Grateful!

  28. Anita 3 months ago

    That’s the best explanation I’ve seen, very clear, great teacher! Thank you.

  29. Elizza 3 months ago

    Thank you, is a great explication

  30. Susan 3 months ago

    Anna, I love, love your art! I am a big fan! I am going to sign for lessons soon!
    Kindly,
    Susan from Colorado

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