My homework was a self portrait and I did all the skintones using these colors. My decisions were simple; make it warmer, cooler, darker or lighter. Usually, my decisions were more complicated; do I add Cad Yellow Light or Naples Yellow. As a side note, many of you were probably taught to remove black from your pallete and to make a chromatic black. I don't know the chemistry behind how all those Windsor Newton colors are made, but I bet some are made by mixing black!!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
If you are like me, you have accumulated tubes of paint in a myriad of colors. The instructor of every painting class I've taken has a preferred palette. And of course, I go out and buy the colors I'm missing. Developing the skill to create the "correct" color is my current quest, but I think all these tubes of paint are just a source of confusion. So last weekend, I went back to the basics. Cad Red Medium, Cad Yellow Light, Cobalt Blue, Black and White.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
A great way to eliminate some of the complexity of painting is to practice with just white objects. This will take the challenge of capturing accurate color out of play. It helps you focus on the composition, emphasizes how lights and darks guide the eye, and, of course, the importance of strong values.