Last week during a live demo (for my Buildings course) I watched as a dark brown mix turned blue as it dried!
This is because I made it with Daniel Smith Transparent Red Oxide and Schmincke French Ultramarine. There is something about the Schmincke French Ultramarine pigment that means it completely dominates mixes, making them dry blue. So I thought I’d do a few more tests.
And yes, it’s really hard to get a neutral grey or a brown mix with this combo – but look at all that crazy granulation!
I did also a comparison with Daniel Smith Ultramarine Blue (the other Ultramarine I love to use) and you can see that the hues are similar. However, it’s a much more consistent combo with little colour shift – the colour didn’t become bluer as it dried. It also has less granulation which is handy on occasions. So it’s good to have both versions handy depending on what I want.
The hue of the wash in the mixing well was brown and I was happy with what it looked like when I first put brush to paper. But by the time I had moved on to the next part of the sketch, the hue of the previous wash had shifted to blue. Just for the record, I did not mind the resultant blue wash at all… it’s just that it wasn’t what I had intended.
For those of you who have enrolled in the Buildings course at any time you can find this livestream replay in Lesson 4 Part 4.17 – Look for Livestream 8 and the Nanzenji Temple Gate demo.
BTW this lesson in Buildings is completely dependant on the core ‘abstracting shapes’ skills which we learn in my Foundations course. I’m looking forward to going back to basics and applying these shape skills to other subjects in the new year. Find out more about the Group Run-through of Foundations here.
Ah! It’s always worthwhile to spend time getting to know your paints!
What Ultramarine do you use?