One last exercise for color mixing. (also a form of meditation, at least for me)
One of the first books I bought when I started to paint was Alla Prima by Richard Schmid. He recently published an updated version which is #1 on my wishlist for Christmas. He said on of his teachers required that he do these color charts before he started to use color in his paintings. I was so inspired by his book that I took on the challenge.
I've had these boards for years now and still refer to them and they really helped me with color mixing.
The concept is to decide on your palette, then mix each color with every other color:
(Link to photos of Richard Schmid's color boards on pinterest_http://www.pinterest.com/josefiak/learn-to-paint/
1. Use tape to create a grid. I used 12 x 16 inch panels.
2. Start with the full strength color in the top row, then gradually add white in increasing amounts.
3. Make a color board for each color on your palette. For example, to do the cad red light board, you will mix cad red light with every other color on your palette. The photos show it best.
It will take awhile, but not only will you learn a lot, but it is like meditation to do these boards.