Monday, August 11, 2014

Color Mixing -Secondary Colors

Limited Palette - August 11, 2014

I like this new way of setting up my palette.  I even got a new palette and moved out some of my colors.  (I will still use all those great colors, but in a different way) 

What I like about this:

     Pre-mixing helps me
     Keeps my colors organized
     Can take better advantage of using warms and cools
     Can keep colors brighter
     Makes for a more harmonious painting
     Make gray out of limited colors which also helps with color harmony

I don't know if you can tell, but first I created primaries out of the warm and cool of each color, then I can utilize the warm and cool of each later when thinking about temperature changes in the painting.  Next I created the secondary colors and put them in the middle with tints of each radiating out to the edges.  Also, before starting, I made a pile of gray (top left) out of secondary colors just to insure that painting will be harmonious.  The reason the tints are there is because I try to mix with equal values when making a new mix. 

Start of painting with wash of dark gray
Refined drawing and strengthened darks.
Started adding color. (background is from the gray made earlier)

Finished painting

Used same palette for this painting and am painting one today of this scene with photo taken from a different direction.  By using the same palette, theoretically these painting should look good together, right?  I hope so. 


  1. Hello, Carol. I saw you were a finalist in the DPW contest, so I came by to say congratulations. I'm thrilled for you and the painting of the little girls is WONDERFUL! Your blog is awesome, too. I am inspired to paint more! Take care...

  2. Thank you, Meredith, I appreciate your encouragement. One of the little girls in the painting is my granddaughter, my inspiration for the painting.