All of these paintings were done using my Golden OPEN acrylic paints. In doing them, I used a wide variety of paint colors, many of which where the classic colors, such as the earth tones, that would have been available in the time period that the artists created these works.
The current Master Class at Colorest is recreating a painting by William Bouguereau, pictured below.
I like these paints in that they are all inorganic and carry no health warnings. They are also quite pure and mix well without muddying one another. My pallet consists of a warm and cool version of a blue, red and yellow, as well as titanium white, zinc white, and green. This pallet contains none of the old earth tons, cadmiums, etc. Therefore, to put this modern color pallet to the test, I decided to see if I could successfully recreate the Bouguereau painting using only my modern color pallet. If I can do this, I will feel comfortable simplifying my painting life with only eight tubes of paint! I will also feel comfortable that I have learned a lot about using and mixing colors.
The following photos depict my painting and my pallet in an early stage in the process.
The following photos depict the state of the painting and the pallet after the next stage of the painting process. Note the evolution and expansion of the color pools as I matched the colors of the various objects in the motif, such as the warm neutral head scarf, and the copper vase. It was very interesting to note as I was working with the color pools I would suddenly notice that a slight modification of the copper vase color was great for the wall and a slightly warmer version of the wall was good for the ground in the lower left hand corner, I got the feeling that color was leading me around the painting, as opposed to me deciding what to do next! This was an exciting feeling.
I also like this direction that my work is taking me, in that I am not looking at the painting and saying which tube of paint should I use, or do I need to purchase a new color. Rather, I am starting with a generic pool of color and visually comparing it to my painting and saying does it need to be lighter, darker, warmer, cooler, etc., and I know how to manipulate the paints on the pallet to get whatever result that I want. This really getting to be fun.
Included below are several snapshots of progress to date. I will be updating this post with additional views of the pallet and other observations. For now let me just say that I think that the new pallet is meeting the test and is actually simpler to use. Today was a big challenge in that we started to add the skin tones. I was apprehensive. However, the color pools actually seem to make it easier to meet the various skin color variations while maintaining color harmony.
More to come!