Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Red Red Pepper

After posting last night's chart of reds, I began thinking about all my mixing exercises. One of the points to be taken from all those charts was that, in general, nearby pigments make the most saturated mixes.

Mixing the last pepper with the red chart led me to think that Permanent Alizirin Crimson and Cadmium Scarlet just might get me close to that rich red. Actually, I think that mix pretty well nailed it!

I still had difficulty with shading.Crimson washes weren't deep enough. Payne's Gray seemed too drab. So, there's more to ponder, as usual, and that's what keeps me going. ;-)


  1. Yes-that's the colour I have in my mind's eye too. Shading is always difficult-as you say grey seems wrong but I think it works here. Perhaps Gretchen will have a good suggestion.

  2. That Payne's Gray lifts out so easily that I find it difficult to apply more than one wash--I call it pain's gray! :-)

    Perhaps something in a complementary could work... Viridian comes to mind...

    Our Gretchen is away on pleasant endeavors for the next ten days or so. We'll have her back soon!

  3. Funny, I was wondering about viridian, or how about a dark intense blue like pthalo or Prussian blue mixed with one of the reds? -- or even something treacly like sepia ... but I think you've got a wonderful range of reds there that are beautifully intense especially by contrast with the very rich textured bright green.

    Lovely to see these studies and to notice how attuned you are to your subjects, perhaps following the Cornell course.

  4. Hi Katharine! Those blues sound like good ideas. Curious how closely placed complementaries seems to intensify colors. Cool.