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.
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!