This painting lesson focuses on mixing color and learning how to create space with the color.  You can follow along with me by watching the how-to video as I paint this still life with lemons.   Print the images below:  The first is a numbered color guide and the second is the image you’re going to paint on.  You can also print the third photo, which is photo of the still life.   I’ve provided a paint and material list below the images.  The most important thing is to just relax and have fun. Painting is like anything the more you do the better you get.

Material List:

  • Matte phoo paper to print images

  • Straight edge and utility blade to cut out image 

  • 6″ x 6″ plywood or art panel to mount the image (I used Ampersand Cradled Gessobord)

  • Matte Medium – to affix paper to panel and to seal paper

  • Palate knife

  • 2-3 Small paint brushes


You can use acrylic or oil paints. The big difference is that acrylic paint dries faster and is thinned with water. Oil paint dries much slower and is thinned with paint thinner or turpentine. You only need a few colors to get started and here’s the list I used for this painting.

  1. Burnt Umber

  2. Cadmium Red

  3. Cadmium Yellow

  4. Cerulean Blue

  5. Mars Black

  6. Thalo Blue

  7. Titanium White



Here’s the actual photo of the still life I’m painting. It might help to print this out as well as a reference point.  

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