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Friday, October 26, 2012

121026 Obsessed with mixing greys


Yes, it is a fact I am obsessed with mixing the perfect greys- warm grey, neutral and the right blue grey.

So that is the focus of this new minimal palette I am trying (refer to previous posts to find out more) and rather than doing elaborate neat (what is that word?) colour charts, I prefer just to practice mix the colours in my palette and doing a swipe of paint on the page. The emphasis is getting into the right mixing habit, how much paint to pick up and in what order, and how to adjust a mix on the palette. Therefore the colours are all from the one mix but testing different variations and ratios of colour etc. Having trouble matching a blue grey with what I am used to*... But I am happy for (and needing) a change.
* mixed from WN Cobalt Deep Blue and Daniel Smith Burnt Quin Orange... My personal gourmet version of the standard French ultramarine and burnt sienna

BTW these are done in my specific colour sketchbook – I REALLY love having this separate book and find it so useful to re-visit different exercises.
I am going out sketching tomorrow (all being well) and it is going to be my first out with this minimal set.

3 comments:

  1. Liz you know this best... how does one go about making shadows.. is the shadow somehow made up of the colour of the object that is casting the shadow? Does that make sense?

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  2. great question Caryl - I DO want to answer this question separately. I am still working it out and also learning to see colour in shadow better!

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  3. I love this post Liz. It's a great exercise to do this.

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