Monday, March 09, 2009

Three Colors Can Make a Beautiful Painting

I thought that today I'd show you my set up in the studio. This is the painitng I've been working on using a limited palette of three colors. A nice, earthy triad of yellow ochre, transparent red oxide, ultramarine blue and white.

Below is my palette. You can see all the colors I'm able to mix from just these three. A large variety of greens, reds, yellows, blues, oranges, grays and purples. Pretty amazing!

Here's where I've gotten to with the painting. I think one more session making final adjustments will complete it.

Today I also have a fascinating article to share with you, A Missing Piece in the Economic Stimulus: Hobbling Arts Hobbles Innovation
The article is from Psychology Today and documents the amazing link between the arts, artists and the development of innovative, modern technologies.
The next time your school board wants to cut funding for the arts program bring this article along and show them how intergral arts education is to science and technology.


Julz of the World said...

By coincidence, I've been working with three colors, too: naphthol red, cobalt blue and mmm, what is that dull very opaque green -- Hooker's? because I'm trying to use them up! Lots of white, too, of course.

I admire your work very much.

Jan Blencowe said...

Could be Hookers. That's one green from the tube that I like, it's an olive green.

Greens from the tube that I don;t like include viridian, and permanent green.

Happy painting,

TheFiveDays said...


Jan Blencowe said...

Hi 5 Days,Thanks so much!