Sunday, July 22, 2012

Color charts and snippet # 2


Today was a good, productive day in the studio. This one is coming along nicely, although it surprised me when I started liking what was happening on the canvas a whole lot better than the pretty darn good photo I had managed to capture of this area. I got one spot that looked really 'sweet' and I knew I needed to avoid it like the plague or I would destroy it. I then chose to forget the photo and just paint what I liked on the canvas.

 A light bulb moment, kind of, as now I better understand those before me that recommended using a photo as a 'jumping off point', not just slave and copy it.

I should be able to complete this one tomorrow.........can you guess what landmark this is?

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I also was having trouble with subtle grays
 for one of the very large paintings and it was
 full of little shifts of greys.........so I opened
up the cupboard door and studied my color charts.
 There it was! I was trying to get the tone/value
 using Burnt Sienna when a much better and
more accurate choice was Transparent Oxide Red!
 I am pretty sure that I will be using
 my color charts more often now.



Have a wonderful evening and remember when that color is elusive, make some mixes and record them for future reference!

3 comments:

vickiandrandyrossart said...

Ruth Ann, thanks for sharing one of the VERY useful tips for using color charts! I use mine all the time...I'm going to repost in MyArtTutor's Tips 'n Tricks on FB.

vickiandrandyrossart said...

Mission accomplished...everything played nice. I have a question, will you explain your process? I have used Schmid's, but your labeling is different...

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