Color Wheels

Posted on January 15, 2011

Studio Jan 15Studio, Jan 15th

When a painting needs a little maturation time, or I find myself between paintings, a studio tidy-up usually helps. When I’m working on a painting the surfaces get more and more chaotic as I rush to dive back into the work. Eventually my work slows down because the surfaces are unclear and, therefore, so am I. Today’s quick clean-up turned into several hours of tidying, sorting and cleaning; it’s amazing how different the space feels. So spacious and full of light and energy.

Color wheel

I love color wheels and color charts and I just had to arrange my paints into a color wheel on my mixing table. This got me planning another color chart of mixes like the one on the left in my studio shot, next to the wonderful Golden tints and glazes chart. I could gaze at these charts all day, dreaming of color combinations!

In taking each color and mixing it, in two different proportions, with every other color in my supply (although in this case I am limiting myself to my fluid colors) I find unexpected colors. Mixing each color with white is not as predictable as one would think either – titanium white has a tendency to bring out bluish undertones: this is most apparent in its mixes with Quinacridone Magenta and Quinacridone Violet. In the pure stat these colors look very similar, but mixed with titanium white the violet becomes much bluer.

In this new chart I plan to make mixes, not only with other colors, white and black, but also with a grey, since I have used grey mixes in several of my Fugue paintings.

Color: it’s a source of endless fascination to me!

3 Responses

  1. Claire
    January 19, 2011

    Wow – your color charts are quite an ambitious project!! Looks like fun to hang them up too.

  2. kathryn
    January 25, 2011

    golden paints are awesome to work with…love how vibrant they are!

  3. admin
    January 25, 2011

    Thank you Claire and Kathryn! I love the golden colors too and now that I work only with the fluid colors, for the consistency, I need an updated chart. It will take a while but it’s fun to do while I let other ideas stew and develop.


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