CREATING LUMINOUS WINTER COLORS
December is a great month to focus on winter and snow paintings. It's fresh and we aren't tired of the white fluffy stuff yet. I dug out two older snowy paintings for examples of luminous winter colors. They both were painted with a limited palette of three paint colors, plus spatters and splashes of an opaque white for adding the snowflakes.
The following two paintings were painted with the same color triad...
Alizarin Crimson, Phthalo Green and Quinacridone Gold.
The grays in these paintings were made by mixing the two complementary colors of Alizarin Crimson and Phthalo Green. There are hundreds of potential grays available
when you mix complementary colors. In fact, the grays you mix will not be flat or boring, but luminous and exciting. Your painting will have much more interest when you mix grays instead of using and painting with grays out of a tube.
Make a chart using triad color scheme to mix beautiful, luminous grays or click the link below for a free printable pdf chart like the one I designed below. Try using different triad color combinations to see what different colors and grays you can achieve. The colors I used in the following chart are, Quinacridone Magenta, Windson Blue (green shade) and Transparent Yellow. Have fun!!!
You can very simply make gray by diluting black. The problem is that gray from a black tube of paint will often look flat and/or will look out of place on your painting. It may not have the same background colors that are in your painting. Also, hand-mixed grays are typically closer to what you see in nature.
Click link below for free printable Color Chart
Color Chart Directions:
Primary and Secondary Colors...
1. You will be mixing the primary and corresponding complimentary colors together - red and green; blue and orange; and yellow and purple.
1 . Choose three primary colors and paint the them in the first row of boxes.
2. Using the primary colors, mix your secondary colors and paint them in the second row of boxes.
Working down the Chart...
3. We switch gears a bit now by working down the rows instead of across.
4. The next steps (noted below) are to mix the primary and complimentary colors above and below each other - red and green; blue and orange; and yellow and purple.
Painting the luminous grays...
5. Make a water puddle and add your first primary color - red.
6. Add a small amount of your secondary color to your puddle - green - and paint the color you just created into the box directly below the red and green boxes.
7. Continuing adding small amounts of green to the existing puddle and painting the boxes below as you make new colors. (Look at the painted example in the above photo.) Your colors will start looking mostly red to gray-red, to gray-green to almost green.
8. Continue this with the other two complimentary and secondary colors.
Note: any time you are painting and would like to tone down a color, use the above method - mix that color with it's complimentary to tone it down.