Artist's Guide to Mixing Colours: How to Get the Most from by Jenny Rodwell, Adrian Smith

By Jenny Rodwell, Adrian Smith

Introducing a customary 12-colour palette, the writer exhibits the best way to opt for and combine 132 new colors, utilizing at-a-glance blending charts. as soon as the idea and functional talents at the back of blending were understood, the reader can discover the variety of palettes urged right here for portray specific topics.

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A variety of greys can be mixed from the complementary/primary pairings; not only are they subtle in their differences when seen together, but setting them off with a brilliant colour enhances a painting as the colours are working together rather than competing. Creating mood and atmosphere is possible with a diverse range of neutrals, and you will soon become familiar with the ratio of colours needed to obtain the effect you want. Following are just a few examples of the possibilities offered by using greys in your paintings.

The pigment doesn’t completely dissolve in water and it separates, causing granulation, which is particularly useful for painting the swirls and waves of water and movement in skies. Where the horizon meets the land I painted into very damp colour with slightly diluted paint, keeping greys to the left and leaving the paper white for sailing boats. The warmer colours to the right suggest buildings. The horizontal brushstrokes of the ocean echo waves but the brushstrokes in the sky are broader, utilizing large areas of wet colour where even more water was splashed into the blue to create a billowing effect.

RELAXED FIGURES The shadows – a mix of Alizarin Crimson and Vandyke Brown – are strong and exaggerated in these figures. Sometimes there is more of one colour in the mix than the other, indicating whether a limb is behind or in front of another limb. EGYPTIAN MAN A passing figure is a challenge to capture. A swift wet-into-wet approach does the trick, using violets and blues against a warm yellow-brown wall. NUDE MAN A strong muscular figure needs to be painted using several layers of colour to emphasize the way the limbs twist and turn.

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