Omigoddess I love color. I became a painter for many reasons but chief among them is the use of all that delicious glistening wet color. My current favorites, and I do have favorites in pure colors, are ALL the quinacridones, Prussian blue, Sap green, green gold, Indian yellow.
Before I could paint, I bought color, pure color in the tube, and took it out and made squares of color on the table in my little apartment. I had a complete set of Prismacolor pencils open in my office.
I was an architect in another life, and all my walls were pure white. My use of color was restricted to red-with-white, or turquoise-with white, or whatever-with-white. (Though I had my secret stash of paint chips, fabrics, and tiny tubes of paint.) I thought that this modernist tradition of white was because images placed on them would be seen pure and uninfluenced against the non-color. Then one day I painted a bedroom wall an amazing quinacridone gold, with touches of golden orange yellow, washed over with a hematite glaze. I meant to do one wall and did the entire small guest bedroom. Sunny, happy, earthy color, and my paintings looked wonderful against the gold.
I was sold on color on walls, and realize that often architects don’t know color and were a bit afraid of it, Michael Graves and Frank Gehry excepted.
I play with color, layering and mixing, as you can see in the study above on hematite (black-grey paint made from crushed hematite) mixed with my Daniel Smith watercolor palette. As I move into watercolors and oils and away from acrylics as a mainstay (at least for now) I tend to mix more, experiment more. With acrylics I simply painted over my experiments; with watercolors especially it is important for me to have an idea of the mixology of the pigments, as watercolors are so fluid and unpredictable! The zen of pigments!
Gotta go — I get a painting day today! OOOOOOH, look at all those paint tubes!
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