Color mixing greens, mauves, and secondaries

I’m having so much fun getting familiar with my new oil paint colors and seeing what kind of colors I can mix with them. My basic charts gave me a sense of how they relate to each other in several ways, and I wanted to take that further by doing some color mixing. My goal is to have some go-to color mixes for things like greens, mauves and other low intensity violets, and earthy reds and yellows. I  also wanted to see what kinds of secondary colors my primaries would make, now that I have a more complete palette of…

Charting my oil colors

I recently added several new colors to my oil palette, and to get familiar with them and how they fit in with my other colors I did a few fun and enlightening exercises. First I charted my colors using a tip by Dianne Mize (shown below), and once I had all of those colors out on my palette I dabbed them onto a rudimentary color wheel based on their relative hue, value, and intensity. This wheel is roughly based on a Gamblin video on navigating color space that I found useful. My chart isn’t a scientific mapping of the colors, but…

Study in composing values #4

As my final study in the lesson I’ve been following on composing values, I wanted to choose a reference photo in the same vein (yellow-orange flower) but different style of composition. In the photo I selected, I really liked the background. But in my painted study, I felt like it was too busy and used it as an opportunity to see what it’s like to paint over an area with a whole new color. Final study with simplified background I was surprised by how simple it was to change the background! Although it helped that I was changing it to…

Study in composing values #3

Gotta stand way back to tell what’s going on in this one When I chose this photo to work from for my next study in composing values (another that Dianne provides with her lesson), I thought it might be easier than the sunflowers one I did last time. It was and it wasn’t…the shapes were simpler and there were fewer colors, but I actually found that made it more difficult for me. It’s almost like with more simplification, it was harder to make a compelling painting. The petals are smooth which I didn’t enjoy painting as much, and the macro…

Study in composing values #2

Continuing my series of studies in composing values with a cluster of sunflowers as the subject. This is the most complex image I’ve painted so far. After blocking in the shadow and light families I felt pretty wiped out, and took a break until the next day. I’ve always been a Power Through! type, whether it comes to a job or a personal project. But I’m working on relaxing that mentality somewhat, while not letting the days slip by without progressing toward my goals. I wasn’t sure if I’d pull this out of total-chaos territory, but the accents of cooler…