Thursday, 27 October 2011
MY PALETTE/3 and Wrap
In time I have tried different reds and all of them have their merits. I love Cadmium Red Deep ( I don't have a use at all for Cadmium Red), I have one from Old Holland, but I only squirt a little blob as I don't use it much. Among transparent cool reds I like W&N Purple Madder very much, especially in combination with Yellow Ochre.
Among the earth reds I switch between Transparent Oxide Red and Burnt Sienna. A relatively new addition that rapidly became fundamental is MH Mars Violet Deep. It's a thick, cool and dark colour that can be warmed with Green Gold and helps me to give body to mixtures for darks.
In need, I have some chromatic colours that I can add, such as MH Brilliant Pink and MH Permanent Orange, the first opaque, the latter semi opaque.
As you can see I do care if a colour is opaque or transparent, and I like making opaque+ transparent mixtures.
I always used W&N French Ultramarine as my basic blue. I then have a black, either Ivory Black, W&N Blue Black or W&N Charcoal Gray. The latter is grainy and thick with charcoal powder, it's not very tinting and gives the paint a dry matte quality.
Another blue that I always have on the palette is MH Kings Blue Deep.
This is the perfect cooler for skin tones. One of the mixtures I love is this blue with green gold, purple madder and white. It can easily be shifted towards each of the hues.
I some times add MH Phthalo Turquoise, a very cold and chromatic paint. Kings blue+Ultramarine and Green Gold yeld a similar colour but less saturated.
Also, I have updated my website with images from my latest ongoing series, Wrap.