Thursday, January 25, 2018

Amber Bowl and Grapes

Last weekend I went to an antiques fair at the church in my neighborhood. It runs a few nice shows each year. This one was small and located on the bottom floor of their community building. Their summer show uses both floors and has stalls outside. I was looking for a still life object in cobalt teal (a new paint color I purchased) which I wanted to try out. I didn't find anything in that color, but found this little glass bowl. It took me a couple of tries, but I think I figured it out. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Blue Color Charts

Artist's Magazine had an article and color chart in their Brushing Up section on blue oil paints by Michael Chesley Johnson, October 2013.
I decided to do a blue color chart of my own and here's what I discovered:

I love Ultramaine Blue and Cerulean Blue Hue. I know how to use them, they're creamy, opaque and mix well with the other colors on my palette.

Many blues are so close in color that my eye isn't sensitive enough to see a distinctive difference.

Manganese Blue Hue (Gamblin) is surprisingly transparent.

My chart shattered my belief that hues (mixtures) were inferior to pure colors. It depends on the color and manufacturer, e.g. Cerulean Blue Hue (Utrecht) is more opaque than Cerulean Blue Pure (Utrecht).

Cobalt Teal is a lovely color and it would make a great addition to my palette.

I knew that tinting a color with white would lighten it but may make it look chalky. Adding a bit of Naples Yellow to the white will dull it down but keep it light (I did that to the last three colors of my chart and will try it with the rest in the future).

I used all the blues in my studio for this chart. I hardly ever used all of them in the past and that won't change.

Magazines colors are pretty accurate but sometimes they are off.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Pears and Bag

In this painting I've combined two of my interests, pears and a paper bag. I've tried to paint each with facets. The pears are ready to eat now that I'm done painting them.
On another topic, I've just received my Gamblin order of blue oil paints (Cobalt Teal and Manganese Blue Hue) from and I'm excited to see how they work.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

D'Anjou Pears

It's the new year and I wish everyone good health. I'm ready to get back to painting. I haven't painted in about three weeks. Of course, I have the perfect excuse. My family and I went to Taiwan for my oldest son's wedding during Christmas week. I hope to post pictures on Facebook soon. This painting was inspired by two painters. Cezanne, whose fruit tumble around the canvas and Michael Weller, whom I discovered online. I love his greens and blues.