Monday, February 27, 2012

Color Swatches & Wheels

At, we are just beginning to study colors that we currently have collected during our time as painters.  We all own so many different tubes of colors and the only way to get a handle on what colors work best with others is to do color studies, swatches and wheels.  Also, we believe this will help us to break away from the palette we most often use and try different colors that normally sit in the drawer or bin.

I have been to to check out their watercolor visual and mixing complements and to to see their recommended complements, because that is the brand I use most frequently.  One of the things I noticed is that some of the complementary greens are mixed colors (having more than one pigment).  It is also interesting to note which colors are transparent, semi-transparent, opaque, granulating, staining or non-staining and especially important is the pigment lightfastness.   

My personal preference is to use a light fast rating of excellent or LF1 with a preference for transparent colors unless I am painting a landscape.  The earth tones  used are mostly raw sienna, yellow ochre, (opaque or semi-transparent) or quin. gold (transparent) along with burnt sienna, sepia, transparent brown oxide, transparent red oxide, and quin. burnt orange.  I also use cerulean blue a lot to mix greens in landscapes.  There is something about the muted mixture that appeals to me.  


RH Carpenter said...

I love seeing color swatches and color wheels, Ann, and it's always fun to go back and revisit your palette, especially if you'd added a few new ones over the years. After the Carol Carter workshop, I will have to add a few new ones from Holbein although I'm not straying far from the Daniel Smith brand.

Ann Buckner said...

I have a few Holbein and M. Graham paints to mix in with all the Daniel Smith paints too, Rhonda.

I've enjoyed going back to the basics of color study and playing with all the colors accumulated over the years. Always good to refresh and revigorate our senses isn't it.