Remember the grey squares I painted last week, the ones with little brightly coloured centres? Well they were the beginning of a larger and more complicated exercise that I’ve been working on today, also from Jeanne Dobie’s book “Making Colour Sing”.
All the ‘colours’ here are shades of grey, or at the very least they’re neutrals… mixed from either three primary colours or from two complementary colours. Isn’t it amazing what a range of shades you can get! Most of these were mixed from Cobalt Blue, Bismuth Yellow and Rose Madder, and a couple were just Alizarin Crimson and Viridian Green. The only difference between them was a touch more of one shade than the others.
Now I just have to assimilate all this information and work out how I can use it in my own compositions, with the things I see around me… I know this is going to be the real challenge. That and learning to paint trees!!