Inspired by Paul Wang’s colour chart on Instagram the other day, I thought I would have a go exploring a few mixes from my existing palette in preparation for my trip to Chicago.
I am more concerned about achieving colour harmony, than I am achieving perfect colour match, so I rarely add new colours to my palette for a certain location. I might add a convenience colour to reduce mixing (eg. Perylene Green when I was on Norfolk Island) but normally I’m happy with the best mix I can make from the pigments that I know and love.
This page was more fun than scientific, but it has made me more conscious of which paints might be used the most. (And if you are wondering, I put a second wash over the soft grey – not 100% sure what that was!)
Pigments referred to above are:
DS Hansa Yellow Medium PY97
DS Quinacridone Rose PV19
DS Cerulean Blue Chromium PB36
DS Indanthrone Blue PB60
WN Cobalt Turquoise Light PG50
Soft Grey (a premix of DS Cerulean Blue Chromium, Monte Amiata Natural Sienna and a touch of Quinacridone Rose)
DS Buff Titanium PW6
WN Potters Pink PR233
DS Quinacridone Gold PO49
DS Sap Green PO48 PG7 PY150
DS Monte Amiata Natural Sienna PBr7
DS Transparent Red Oxide PR101
DS Van Dyke Brown PBr7
The only three colours I didn’t use were:
DS Transparent Pyrrol Orange PO71
DS Ultramarine Blue (not French!) PB29
Steels Grey III (a pre mix of WN Cobalt Deep Blue with a little DS Quin Burnt Orange and a touch of DS Quin Rose)
I can’t quite make out the colours of the buildings of Chicago from the photos I have seen. There seems to be a commonly used stone that is a light brown colour and the usual greys and beiges of modern buildings. And also the colours of glass of course!
I am really looking forward to interpreting the colours of Chicago for myself… soon, really soon!
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