I mentioned yesterday that I felt I needed Winsor Violet to approach saturation. Well, now I'm not too sure. So, this evening I tried a mix of French Ultramarine and Permanent Rose. That went quite well so I followed up by replacing the Permanent Rose with Permanent Alizarin Crimson.
I think the Perm Rose mix is perfectly fine. See that long stripe of violet? To the right is the Perm Rose mix. Pretty good? To the left is the Alizarin mix--still not bad but maybe a smidgen less saturated? A bit grayed?
These are fun tests and I can't help but think that all my previous mixing exercises set me up for these refined color studies. It's a tremendous amount of fun seeing just how many nuanced colors can come from two pigments. I'm imagining the subtleties that could be introduced into a flower petal.
I'll be getting into some of these studies with greens, perhaps waiting for the course as this kind of work is called for in a week or two.