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This is my second ever color painting! Mixing colors seemed harder this time…
And then I realized I’d done the wrong assignment. I was supposed to do a still life original painting…oops…
- Decided to try a new way to compare colors:
- Put saran wrap on top of the color photo to protect it from stray paint
- Then used a clear palette from the palette set I ordered at the beginning of the year (finally those extra palettes come in handy!) because it’s clear, I thought I could mix colors on top of the palette and compare it to the photo below.
- Ended up still using my old “cut-hole-in-palette-paper-strips” a few times for the tennis ball though, because I used up the space
- Washed up a LOT. Frequently walked back and forth between bathroom and painting corner because I kept staining my hands…and also to clean off my round palette eventually so I could reuse the surface to mix more paint.
TK YT Pub Assignment video
Total time spent:
If I were to start this painting over right now, what would I do differently?
- Check lesson videos first!
- Keep track of what colors I mixed
- Draw the image in my sketchbook
- Squeeze out a bit less paint each time
- Need a more systematic way to test color mixes
- Sat. 10/22/22 – Painted from about 10am to 6pm+
- Worked on a color chart with the leftover paint
- Set up the shades first, as usual, before mixing colors.
- First, mixed the pink mushroom color, then the yellow-green tennis ball, then the blue cylinder, then the lighter brown table, then the darker brown background. As far as I recall, these are the colors I used (next time I’ll keep better track!)
- First, I mixed the three different “reds” (schev red, english red, madder crimson) each with white to see what kind of pinks I got.
- I decided that the crimson + white was closest to going in the right direction
- But it was too red, so I added some yellow–green to reduce the redness
- Then added a bit more schev yellow (and white, to reduce the chroma)
- Then threw in a touch of schev blue, for some reason…(apparently it was a touch too orange for me, so I wanted to tone that down with the opposite color)
- (Took many tries, because I experimented with other colors at first before settling on that mix above)
- And although I wasn’t fully satisfied with the color, I couldn’t figure out what else I could do to make it better, so I went with that color. In retrospect, it actually turned out a bit better than I expected/hoped, but we’ll see how I feel tomorrow or when I submit the assignment next week or so… 🙂
- Tennis ball:
- At a glance, I knew this would be some kind of yellow green, so first I mixed both greens with my schev yellow to see what the hue would be.
- I ended up going with yellow-green + schev yellow
- Then added a touch of crimson to de-intensify the green
- And white to lessen the chroma
- (There may have been some pollution from the perm green, too)
- For this one, I set out both blues, and mixing them to see what’d happen
- I ended up beginning with ultramarine blue + burnt umber
- But it was too dark, so then threw in some naples yellow to create a kind of navy blue color
- And that’s it!
- I started with burnt umber and experimented with mixing it with white vs mixing it with naples yellow, and settled on naples yellow
- Then tried adding some schev yellow
- It obviously wasn’t red enough, so I tried adding some english red to the mix.
- Then I tried lightening it with a touch of titanium white
- I started with burnt umber + crimson
- Plus a touch of white to lighten the chroma.
This is the final painting I submitted for grading:
I submitted the assignment at around 10:17pm on Mon, 11/1, and got a response on 11/2 at 2:05pm.
- I learned that the underside of the mushroom is a reflection and should be shadow, not colored. (I thought so but wasn’t sure, good to have that confirmed)
- And the tennis ball and all shadowed objects should be one color per shadow, none of this MS and ES stuff that I did on my tennis ball, it should have all been MS. Again, I kind of suspected it, but went against that gut feeling. Good to have the teachers tell me I was right the first time!