Based on this and previous, "normal" (with doctor) tests I'm having red-green color blindness. As for real life experience, I don't think it's very strong, I can see the difference in tone and color more or less (at least I think).

I'd love to learn to paint with oil paint and tempera and later I would try to learn at art university too.

I can draw with pencil relatively good based on objective opinions (not from family or friends) and I tried painting in the past. Now after 1-2 year gap I'm drawing again and want to paint as well.

I want to paint nature, landscapes, surreal and futuristic / sci-fi art. These would be the main field of interest.

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  • It will be interesting to see how your eyes interpret color. Don't think of it as an impediment, think of it as something to make your work unique. – rebusB May 16 at 14:18

You can be a painter, but you should expect to encounter more obstacles and limitations than a person with normal color vision.

Have a look at the color wheel: Color wheel

If two opposite colors look so similar to you that you would confuse them, you're going to have problems.

  • You may not be able to paint some red or green objects in a realistic way. If you paint a red apple in a way that the painting looks like a perfect copy to you, it may look different for a person with normal color vision.

  • Red and green behave totally different if mixed with different colors. That might actually help you identify the paint on your pallet, but it may cause problems and accidents as well.

  • Red is a "warm" color, green is a "cold" color. Using the wrong color might totally destroy the mood of a painting, but you could use this as a contrast as well.

You'll have to learn to paint like anyone else, but you'll also have to learn to cope with the fact that you see colors in a different way. This doesn't mean that you cannot become an artist. You have to find your own style like anyone else, but some art styles might be impossible for you to be good at.

You could buy an inexpensive set of colors and experiment with different motives. Read and learn about color theory and show your works to friends and family. I doubt you'll get it completely wrong.

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  • I don't think there are two opposite colors that can confuse me, at least on this color wheel. This gave me some confidence. – atanii Jan 1 '19 at 12:47

In general, I can't see how color blindness on its own can be a serious barrier. Anyway, overwhelming majority of visual information is carried by strokes, gradients, contrast, i.e. achromatic image.
In simple words: most of the time color hues are unimportant for perception of information.
Of course color hues may be more important for specific objects, e.g. when representing flowers or in specific contexts where colors are used as 'codes', e.g. warning signs or user interface elements. But it is not necessary to make color hues central in your paintings. There are millions of ways to express yourself in arts.

Actually many serious art movements and techniques are all about the form and informational component of the image. For example Chiaroscuro technique.

If you are unsure how a color painting made by you is perceived by others - you should just ask their opinion. Just remember - contrast is what makes an image, and hues are additional layer on top of it, not even necessary, and sometimes even distracting.

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Colorblindness should not impede an artist. "Art" is incredibly open, and you could be successful while avoiding color entirely if you wished. Many past and present day artists have overcome the obstacle of colorblindness in their creative expression.

One option, used by some, are to use special glasses that allow someone with colorblindness to see more color. One contemporary example is the artist Daniel Arsham. A full video interview, specifically about his experience using glasses as an artistic tool and approaching color as a color-blind artist can be found in the article "See Color" on Quartzy.

However, other artists are successful without such aids by avoiding color or realism altogether. Others still, let color-blindness lead their color choices resulting in unique and vivid styles.

You said your specific interest is in "nature, landscapes, surreal and futuristic / sci-fi art", and these themes suggest high color to create a sense of fantasy. As an example of a colorblind artist successfully working in this subject matter (without the aid of glasses like the first artist mentioned), I suggest taking a look at Mark Liam Smith for inspiration. He paints vividly multi-colored fantasy-based paintings. You can visit Mark Liam Smith's Website to see some of his work or watch a video interview at the Gallery Youn website.

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Of course. We all perceive things differently anyway... The fact that you see things and find them worth painting is what matters here. [personal opinion]

Good luck

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