Essentials of Colour

Colour Intensity & Saturation

An oil painting tutorial by realist painter Alex Tzavaras on colour essentials. In this video, Alex explains colour INTENSITY & SATURATION.

Understanding colour intensity and saturation, or how bright and strong colours are, is really important when learning how to mix colours when oil painting. It is a subject that is not covered as much as other aspects of colour theory. However, it is a very common to see students mixing colours that are too saturated. The colours we see in nature are often more neutral, or greyer than we think.

In this painting tutorial, Alex gives you a simple still life oil painting exercise which will help you understand the concept of colour saturation and show you how to mix colours more accurately.

Colour Intensity & Saturation