Monthly Archives: August 2013
I have had lots of fun with colour this week. I have been seeing what colours I can make with the few paints I have, and have been learning to paint clouds.
I made a list of paints I thought would be good last week and tried to buy them on-line, but due to the complicated banking system about buying on-line here, I was not able to so, and have been waiting for a ” virtual bank card” all week.
The delay turned out to be a good thing, as after making the order I was given some paints that were on my list and a book called “Blue and yellow don’t make green” to read, which explained more about colour mixing
So after a bit of colour mixing, and book reading,
my list became ….
Phthalo blue or Cerulean blue (blue-green)
Cadmium yellow light ( orange-yellow)
Cadmium lemon or Hansa yellow ( green-yellow)
Quinacridone violet or alizarin crimson (violet- red)
Cadmium Red light ( orange- red)
Titanium white ( lots)
I was lucky to have been given some tubes of
ultramarine blue ( violet-blue)
So with these colours I Hope to make all the colours I need. (once I have the understanding to go with them )
SOME THINGS I HAVE LEARNT OR RE LEARNT ABOUT COLOUR THIS WEEK
1. The colour wheel is not the best way to understand about mixing. Pure red , pure blue and pure yellow paint does not exist. So when they show red and blue making a lovely purple it is not correct. It depends which red and which blue. Some do make purples and others make sludgy grey browns.
2. The Swedish painter Anders Zorn is well-known for using as few as 4 colours, yellow ochre, vermillion, black and white, to create amazing works of art . http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.pt/2011/07/zorn-palette.html
3. Mixing two or three colours can make a huge colour range, as long as you think about the amounts and don’t just add them willy- nilly. Otherwise you get MUD !
4. A small plastic plate is not big enough to mix colours ( for me any way) Bigger is better.
5. White is so important in acrylic painting. I seem to need more of it than any other colour.
6. The colours in the artists paints I was given are much more intense than the ones in my Amsterdam student paints, and feel nicer too.
7. Reading about how colours are made, and how we see them is like being back in a school science lesson, except this time I am more interested !
8. Every day I paint, I learn something about colour ( and
composition , tone, light , shape perspective loads of other stuff too ) so the more I do, the more I learn …. and the more FUN I have !
Here’s what I have done this week
This week, I have not done my 5 quick sketches. The reason being that after dabbling with acrylic paints a few weeks ago, I seem to have turned into a painting ” addict”
Last week I made a tree painting from one of my sketches. I then did another,and another and another. I only stopped when I ran out of white paint !
My whole week has been taken up with this new passion.
When my paints ran out, I decided I should buy a few good quality acrylics, and see what the difference is with the ones I have been using . I found a place where I can buy on-line, but when the LONG list of paint colours appeared I had no idea which red, blue or yellow I should buy. The choice was enormous.
So I then spent a whole day reading up about colour mixing, making a colour wheel , finding out about different artists preferred colours, which colours are best for portraits and landscapes, and working with a limited palette.
After all my research, I ordered what I think I need, and am waiting patiently for them to arrive.
In the mean time, a friend lent me some great books on landscapes painting, colour mixing and painting techniques, which I am reading. She also,very kindly, gave me some of her acrylic paints, so I don’t have to go ” cold turkey” until my order arrive.
Thank-you Bren !
My quick daily sketches led me to this new medium, and I am really enjoying learning about it .
My sketching now has a different focus. I want to paint the landscapes and skies around the area, and so I am going to concentrate more on drawing trees, hills, skies, flowers and plants, to enable me to do that.
I have always wanted to paint, but for many years have shied away from it. I dabbled with watercolours ages ago but was never happy with the results, and quickly gave up.
This time It feels different. I like the feel of the paints more for a start , and I am no longer expecting to pick up a brush and to paint everything well. I am willing to ” work at it ” and to practice.
I will keep you updated on how I progress, and share what I learn along the way.( Once my paints arrive )
Here are my first attempts using a small pack of Amsterdam acrylics on canvas paper and card, using what brushes I could find .
This week I chose one subject for my sketching challenge. Trees .
I am surrounded by them where I live, but sometimes there seems so many I don’t know where to begin .
So rather than try to sketch lots together, I picked one tree to do a sketch of from life, and then tried some from photos and others were a bit made up as I went along.
Now to decide what my end piece will be ……
I really enjoyed painting with acrylics last week, so I might continue and try a tree painting. I am not sure yet .
Have a look tomorrow, to see what my trees inspired me to make.