Thursday, 3 June 2021

Two Colours & The Use of Black

 A number of paint manufacturers, the latest being Rembrandt and Schminke, have introduced a small series of colours with names like 'Dusk colours', Iridescent etc. I think the reason is basically due to the huge range offered by Daniel Smith. I looked at the composition of several of these  and noted that Mars Black PBk11 was sometimes one of the, usually, two ingredients. As a result in my latest paint order I ordered a tube of the Schminke version. as well as a smaller tube of another black. The following is my first attempt at a painting using this colour approach.


"Defiance" 16" x 12"

The reference I used was of an elderly Pima Indian with this sort of expression.There are mistakes in my portrayal but I comfort myself in Charles Reids dictum that "mistakes are part of it." Many ethnic
Amerindians did not like having their photographs taken. So far it hasn't had much a reception with few likes on Facebook, something I'm fairly used to unfortunately.

The thing is though only two colours were used Cadmium Red Light and Mars Black. Looking at the above would most people think they were the colours? I find the result quite attractive. Many of these new colours show quite strong texture/granulation, although that hasn't happened in my painting. Perhaps there is another ingredient I'm missing. I have some Winsor & Newton granulation medium so I might experiment with that.

If you look at "The Color of Art Database" and also Handprint you will get some conflicting views. Handprint, although this is still available, has not been updated for some time but I don't think what he says has changed much. As stated I bought the Schminke version of Mars Black and it doesn't seem to granulate  much, despite this being emphasised in the previous references quoted.

There are a surprisingly large number of black pigments. Black is a colour that is damned by many artists yet is was known in earlier times as "The Prince of Colours". It is something that needs to be used carefully. 

I intend to experiment with Mars Black combining it with other colours. My approach right or wrong will be to start off adding small quantities of  black and see where this leads -  if anywhere.




Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Watercolour Paintings 79

Here are the latest batch for June. Another very varied selection showing the huge versatility of watercolour.



Dejan Sevo


Purendra Deogirka


Gerard Hendriks


Gus Oong


Gilles Durand


Milan Jovanovic


Maksym Kilisov


Maureen Runge


John Yardley


Maria Belissimo



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Kourosh Aslani


Rae Andrews


Sarah White


Dusan Djukaric


Michael Solovyev


Gerard Hendriks


Kasey Scaley


Kourosh  Aslani

Shirin Nemat-Zaheh

Thats it folks. Hope you find much of interest. Any corrections welcome.

 

Thursday, 20 May 2021

My Latest

Here are my latest efforts. Most 16: x 12" or 11" x 15"


"Blue" The subject at my local Art Group. First session since March 2020




'wader" 11" x 15"



"Wild Dog" - Painted at my Art group today.



'Proud Ram' 


"Lord of the Savannah"


"The Owl has it!"














Tuesday, 18 May 2021

INDEX

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Saturday, 1 May 2021

Watercolours 78

Here are the latest for May. A wide selection of subjects and the use of colour. Actually a double lot to celebrate the easing of lockdown in the UK. A bumper collection!


Sandra Strohshein



Kovacs Anna Brigitta



Stig-Ove Sivertsen


Jin Zraly


Slaveika


Bev Jozwiak



Chengzhu (?)



Anna Maciejewska



Luciano Grapeggia


Ron Lucas



Tina Klitgaard Erikson