Favourite pigments

Favourite pigments

In the best ‘Smash Hits’ interview tradition, here’s a few of my favourite colours… French Ultrmarine My most used blue. It’s ideal for skies. Add one of the brown pigments for a cool gray. Can be added to almost any colour to knock it...
The colour changing square optical illusion

The colour changing square optical illusion

Here’s an optical illusion that has a real effect on the way artists paint. It’s the colour changing square illusion. Hint: the square doesn’t actually change colour. What happens is that the background changes and the square appears lighter on a...
Artist Marketing Tips for 2018

Artist Marketing Tips for 2018

Here’s my artist marketing tips, a summary of what I’ve learned about selling art over the last few months. I don’t consider myself an expert but I have spent a look know time learning from my mistakes, so there’s a chance that I have...
Colour ‘value’ and what it means

Colour ‘value’ and what it means

Artists often talk about the colour value and what it means. Put simply the value of a colour is its lightness or darkness as affected by the light (or lack of light) shining directly on it. Instinctively we think we know how different a colour can look under...