Sunday, February 19, 2006

Triad Color Studies




Tonight I went through three color triads I carry in my 12 well travel palette. The Opaque Triad, The Old Master's Triad, and the standard color triad (with a few handicaps). On future sketches I am going to try painting with these palettes (with the exception of the standard as I already paint this way) to understand the color relationships and also the potential of using fairly limited color palette. I really like some of the color relationships that are possible- -I really like how some of the opaque colors mix rather flatly yet dynamically- I also like the combination of Burnt Sienna and Payne's gray - they really are a great combination.

I also have come to a conclusion that I don't like using the cadmium colors (I use Cad Yellow and Cad Red Scarlet)- They tend to take over the mixes - which is a change since usually the yellow paints I've used in the past have been kind of wimpy (I wish I could find the perfect mixing yellow- any suggestions out there?). I also like the transparency of the watercolor not necessarily the opaqueness from some colors. I like the Opaque palette but Indian Red is another hard color to use but I really like the color triad- I will experiment more-much to discover.

Does anyone have any good suggestions on harmonizing a color palette? What to look for? Good tips? etc.


Anonymous said...

hi, try this link and click on palette

Anonymous said...

Check out one of my (Lamy's) posts on the Artworkbook message board. I listed the colors I use in my palette, the main and secondary. My main and a few secondary are all transparent. Jeanne Dobie does a great job of describing working with transparent colors. However, watch out for the non-lightfast colors that she recommends. Last year, I finally got around to exchange them for lightfast alternatives that work equally well, if not better.

Puhiava said...

I appreciate the link to Handprint- I found that site about a year and a half ago- great information but it leaves you with the idea of using 3 or 4 alternatives- some of which I have used but unfortunately choosing paints can be quite subjective- maybe I'm asking the wrong question.

Thanks Lamy for the tip. Jeanne Dobie recommends Cadmium Yellow which I already use. A great pigment - I just find I'm intimdated by the powerful effect it has on mixing. Not a great mixer with French Ultramarine Blue. I haven't used Transparent Yellow thought- I'll keep that in mind.

Anonymous said...

The reason CY does not mix well with FU is that CY is a reddish yellow and FU is a reddish blue. Thus, mixing the two is like mixing yellow, red, and blue - which becomes gray!

The solution is to mix a yellow and a blue without any red in them; I mix Transparent yellow with Cobalt blue or Winsor blue.

Puhiava said...

Good point Lamy, I know I've used it with Cobalt Blue before - I'll have to rework that color study.

Usually to make greens and shades of green I use Pthalo Green with mixtures of CY, FU, or Quin Gold (which gives great landscape greens).

Christina Clark said...

I took a watercoloring class last semester and my favorite triad was the velazquez triad; ultramarine, burnt orange, and raw sienna.