Thursday, February 14, 2008

Orange/Blue Palette

If you haven't read the post entitled "Yellow/Purple" please read it so you can understand this post. I am discussing the three different palettes that I use specifically in relation to which colors are missing from them and how to mix them. Actually this also brings up the question of mixing them in a way so that they still relate to the palette. My teacher seemed to be very happy not to need the particuliar color that was missing. I seem to need a full range but I know that I want them to still relate and not be garish. This is achieved by knowing the temperatures of each of the colors.
The oranges are: Chrome Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Winsor Red Deep, Mars Violet Deep
The blues are: Violet Grey (Old Holland), Winsor Blue Green Shade, Cobalt Blue, Mauve (Blue Shade), Indigo,
Blue Black and Permalba White
In the oranges: Cad Orange is the true color, Winsor Red Deep is the warm, Chrome Yellow is the cool, Mars Violet Deep is the dark neutral.
In the blues: Cobalt Blue is the true color, Mauve is the warm, Winsor Blue is the cool, Violet Grey is the light neutral and Indigo is the dark neural.
In the orange/blue palette there is no pure green. If you want a cool green you'd mix Winsor Blue and Cad Yellow. If you want a warmer green you'd add Cadmium Orange to the mixture. An interesting green is made with Indigo and Cad Yellow. Blue Black and Cad Yellow makes a quite intense green. The elimination of a pure green makes this palette harmonious according to the principals of complements.
Landscape Composition #0611 is 3 x 3.75 inches, oil on board, POR


Bill Sharp said...


I just ran across your blog for the first time and I really love these little gems. Your very confident gestural brushwork and sensuous color sense really stand out and enjoyed reading the theory behind the palettes you use.

I'm glad I found your blog.

Joyce Washor said...

I'm glad to have you as a reader!