Color interaction and reaction: I thought I would be taking a break while moving from mini-lessons, but as it turned out, the lesson came and found me despite my best efforts!

I got the keys to my new house in my hands. The first thing that I wanted to do, was paint a couple rooms before the movers arrived. I had only two days and two rooms that I really wanted to get done if I possibly could. They are small rooms; one a bedroom and one an office. One room was painted a medium light blue and the other a bright lemony yellow. I wanted to paint both rooms the same soft muted yellow.

I began with the blue bedroom. As I started in on  the edging, the soft muted yellow that I’d chosen looked way  too bright! Yikes, what had I done. I kept going anyway, more for lack of time than confidence in my choice. The more I covered up the blue, the softer and greyer my pretty yellow became.

By the time I’d finished I loved it! Perfect.

With Warmest Regards,


Painting Minilessons
with Marla Baggetta

These “mini-lessons” grew out of my blog. I love sharing my experience behind the easel, so these are free. I write a new one every two or three weeks, so please feel free to share with artist friends.

​These lessons are mostly written text with graphics…short but useful tidbits from the foundations of painting that touch on subjects such as aerial perspective, simultaneous contrast or using negative spaces. I guide you through different aspects of painting and art that will get you comfortable with using pastels. You’ll gain confidence to attempt work that you might have otherwise been timid about.

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