Oil Painting for Beginners - Colour

Colour in oil painting

Artists are bombarded with the choice of colours and this will change as you progress. I can only give you a list of colours, which will give you a good selection and an easy way to start.

* Blues: Prussian blue, Ultra Marine and Cobalt.

* Greens: Teraverte, Hookers Green, Cadmium Green and Sap Green.

* Reds: Vermilion, Cadmium Red and Scarlet Alizarin.

* Yellows: Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow and Lemon Yellow.

Some other handy colours are Cadmium Orange, Blue Black, Olive Green, Raw Sienna, Vandyke brown and the list goes on.

You may wish to purchase any number of secondary colours to make mixing easier. Colour mixing is a real craft and combinations are limitless. I suggest you take notes when you discover a new combination you like. I have included a basic science lesson on colour mixing in 'Painting Landcapes' Happy mixing!