Color Theory

Mixing Orange Colors | Color Theory Basics Part-1

What does Saturated orange mean?
It means that the color I’ve mixed has so much orange and less of the other hues showing.

Depending on the color I want to achieve I’ll either add:

  • White if I want to make it lighter
  • White and yellow if I want to make the orange lighter and push it toward yellow
  • Red if I want to warm it or make it pink-orange, or white and red if I want to be warmer but lighter
  • Blue if I want to dull it (make it grey or brown), or blue and white to make it dull but lighter

My red (Alizarin Crimson) and blue (Phthalo Turquoise) are both dark adding them without white or yellow darkens the color I’m mixing. Check out my limited palette.

Artist Journey

Why “Steps”?

When I started this painting I was going to name it “Take Me Away”. I wanted to paint the landscape to feel like a romantic getaway.

But, as I started working on the details I decided to name it ” Steps”. It became about our journey of achieving our dreams and goals in life, relationship, and art. It’s about how some of us have the advantage of starting at a point where the road ahead of them is short. While others go through a more challenging journey to reach their goals.

How sometimes someone else’s advice might not work for us, because of how different is their experience in life from what we’re going through, even though we are trying to achieve the same goal.

I think the most important thing in all of that is to take a step each day that will make us get closer to our dreams and what makes us happy, no matter how scary or unclear what’s ahead of us is.