Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Second try..

Experimental  8" x 10"   o/p

For some time, I have been thinking about changing my limited palette. I wanted to keep the idea of the limited palette and just change my basic red, blue and yellow plus white. It seemed that I had been using alizarin, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow med. plus white for so long that they began to look as though they had lost their "intensity" (to me) The mixtures in some cases looked  to have lost the 'shock' that once impressed me.

After some thought, I decided to substitute the alizarin with 'rose', ultramarine with Prussian blue and cadmium yellow will remain as my yellow. A few of my former favourites remained.
Wow ! This change will take some getting used to !
My suggestion for anyone who may be planning a similar move- practice mixing the colours before hand, first !
This change has certainly, to my eyes,  found the lost "shock".
(photo reference for the above two paintings were borrowed from the WetCanvas Library.)

Practice, Practice, Practice...

..til next..


Keith Tilley said...

Hi Frank, this palette looks good to me. I like the warmth that the rose colour brings to the first one.

Frank A. said...

Howdy Keith !Nice to hear from you.. :)
I appreciate your opinion and I agree. BUT, That blue is a "killer". A real 'Dominator'..I will try this palette for awhile though..

A Very Merry Christmas to you and yours...and best of painting in the new year.

Take care.

Jane said...

The paintings are gorgeous and so are the colors. prussian blue ha always been one of my favorites.

Frank A. said...

Jane..Thank you very much for the reinforcement of that palette. I think it will be a challenge .
Loved your watercolours !

"A Merry Christmas to you from Canada "

Take care..

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Bruce Sherman said...

Gidday Loner!... Good to see you painting up a storm!

Pthalo?..."New"?? Remember 1976?

Use it... and "Pthalo... it be thy name!"...and all over everything! Remember??? HA HA!!!

A leap of courage to get back into that!

Merry Christmas to You, Marg and the Edwards Gang!

Good Painting!... and Happy Trails!
All the best Frank

PS Nice Hat!

Frank A. said...

Gidday. Bruce..

"Gidday Loner!... Good to see you painting up a storm!"

HaHa..well trying, before the real stuff comes closing in.

"Pthalo?..."New"?? Remember 1976?"

Yup, If my memory serves me half right, I remember. Haven't used it since.
But,..this Prussian blue is almost as ' travelly'. Thanks for that memory ! haha !

"Merry Christmas to You, Marg and the Edwards Gang!"

Thank you !
A Merry Christmas to you, Deb and the family also. I Hope it's a peaceful one

Happy Trails and great painting to you as well, Bruce :)

Take Care..

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