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Monday Motivator: Go on a Color Diet

By December 17, 2012

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Painting Monday Motivator Quote
"Going on a color diet can keep your color schemes lean and strong.

"...More colors don't make a better color scheme. In fact the opposite is usually true.

"...A limited palette forces you out of your color-mixing habits."

-- James Gurney, Color and Light, page 104 (Buy Direct).

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December 17, 2012 at 4:56 am
(1) Yover says:

A good exercise for a next Monthly Painting Project?
I realize that I rarely use yellow (nor ocher…) and blue to get green colors.It seems so easy to directly use viridian, phtalo, olive, cobalt, or earth green !

December 17, 2012 at 9:58 am
(2) Natalya Kalugina says:

In ancient Greece they used 3 colours and when new paints were invented to expand palette was deemed a sign of bad taste. In Renessance The 777 formula was invented: 7 layers, 7 paints and 7 weeks drying between layers. They say this formula adds magic to a painting. Alexey Antonov insists that these 7 paints are :Flake White, Yellow Ochre Light, Red Ochre, Burnt Umber, Prussian Blue, Ivory Black, Madder Lake Deep. One can find details of 777 technique in his demonstrations here http://alantonov.com/pages/free-demonstrations/green-apple/
However in our hasty time it is worth to use all the possibilities to speed the process and to improve the result. Mixing of modern pigments is a high tech for academic knowledge of paint mixing rules would hardly be appliable to imitations resulting of know-hows of different producers.
Please excuse me for a profaning comparison, but in my humple opinion, to benefit all the variety of modern paint is simile to visiting of fine restaurant, while using a limited palette is simile to kooking yourself in your kitchen from limited set of unpeeled veggies. If you are a skillful kook you (may be) will get a comparable result but what about the time spent for kooking.
At some stage an artist organically limites his/her pallette acording individual taste and preferences and this individual palette above all the rest constitutes an integral part of his/her style.

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