Air or Atmosphere mixture

Teaching You How To Mix The Color Of
Air Or Atmosphere

With teaching workshops for so many years I've seen such a focus on color mixing with students. I understand the pull toward it, as humans we are so captivated by color. Teaching students How to mix the color of Air and Atmosphere has proven to be a beneficial lesson and frequently turns into a favorite mixture for many of them.

How To Mix The Color Of Air Or Atmosphere

When it come to painting and drawing, value is more important than color, but color seems to speak the loudest to students. In a workshop situation the most asked question is "How did you mix that color?" Go watch the video below to see this mixture step-by-step.

Step-by-Step Video Of How To Mix The Color Of Air And Atmosphere

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The beauty of this mixture is you can go warmer or cooler and it can be a jumping off place. I often add other colors to it and create beautiful soft grays.

Learning how to mix the color of air and atmosphere is important for a painter, giving them great possibilities and practice at working with complements. 

If you are not familiar with a color wheel, now is the time to do that very thing, learn about the color wheel. There are many on the market, but the most important thing is to use it and study it. You can get one Here: A great color wheel for plein air is the pocket size, Here: 

Here's how to mix the color of air and atmosphere by using the three main colors listed below. 

Rembrandt Titanium White
Rembrandt Ultramarine Blue Deep
Grumbacher Cadmium Red Light

This mixture is made up of two complements, the Blue and Red. Although red is not the complement to blue, the Red I use contains quite a bit of orange, making it more of a complement to blue. In future blogs I will discuss in more depth other areas in a painting that one can use the Air mixture to create color harmony. But to start, think about using it in the shadow areas of your foreground. You will need to control the value, but just touches of this in the landscape can create beautiful color harmony. Go ahead and try this air mixture in your clouds, I bet you will find it very useful. 

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Ever been curious about what colors are on someone's palette? Well... I'm here to share with you in full detail all the colors I use. Not just the colors used in How to Mix the color of Air and Atmosphere, but so much more! Get the Free PDF and watch a video explaining my palette. HOW COLORFUL IS THAT?? 

How to mix the Color of Air and Atmosphere

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Want more information about Blue? I have a video for you explaining other Blues that I like to use. Let's dig deeper into that fabulous color blue... Come with me and watch the video. 

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Linda Glover Gooch
Linda Glover Gooch

I hope you enjoyed this post. Besides being a Professional Painter, my Creative Journey has taken on a life of teaching, inspiring and helping others find their voice, grow and become skillful with their craft. Watching others gain the knowledge through practice and detailed instruction is a great reward. For the Collectors: My goal is to capture their vision, their imagination and take them to a place, a moment in time that touches their heart and soul.

    2 replies to "How To Mix The Color Of Air Or Atmosphere"

    • Lynn

      Dear Linda
      Thank you for your inspiring videos!
      I’m grateful that I stumbled on to your videos and discovered your Website.
      I have enrolled in your Cumulous Cloud Class online!
      I love your presentations, and your descriptive explanations.
      I am stuck and find myself holding back, frozen in fear of making a mistake as to how to proceed next on the piece that I maybe working on!
      I get upset with myself for not pushing through!
      Your thought’s please.
      Thank you kindly,

      • Linda Glover Gooch

        Hi Lynn,
        Well… thank you for such nice reviews on my videos and teaching. I’m so glad to hear you are enjoying them and finding them helpful and I look forward to seeing what you do in the course! Regarding you being stuck, listen you are not the only one who struggles with this. You are not alone when it comes to holding back, procrastinating or just dealing with fear. We all have times when this will happen. I also understand the emotion of getting upset with yourself as I have spent a lifetime of pushing myself and then when I mess-up or fail, I then fight to not let it get me down. You, (We) all need to go easy on ourselves when it comes to creating, although I have the disease of wanting everything to be perfect, which is never going to happen. It is a lifetime Journey Lynn and you are going to have ups and downs. I wrote about it in my last blog, Somethings I do when I’m stuck. Just keep painting and pushing through the “frozen” moments or days. Go read the blog as well, I think it will be helpful. Remember in the online cloud course you can reach out to me as much as you need. I have no doubt you can create a cloud painting you will be happy with. Is there some work… yes!! But it will be worth it!! Thanks for your note and honesty about your journey. It matters!! Happy Painting my friend. 🙂

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