Lessons 4 & 5…

Lessons 4 & 5 – indigo and cerulean blues. Both cool, indigo opaque, cerulean semi-opaque.

This is an interesting way to learn about the colours and how they work together, limited palette, minimal drawing, wet-in-wet (and fingers crossed!) and taking me out of my comfort zone. I feel that I can more confidently use colour in skies (Ok these two may be a bit too dramatic) and set an atmosphere. It’s just the foreground and background to work on now! And it sure makes a change from coding websites!

Indigo: one of the 7 seven colours of the rainbow and appears almost black in the palette, but dilutes to really pale blues. Makes some good greens and greys – and dramatic skies. These two were skies I did at home and haven’t added foreground or background yet – don’t want to spoil them! One is indigo and sepia; the other indigo and cadmium red. Lovely subtle mauves.

indigo&sepia

indigo&cadred

Cerulean blue: not so tinting as indigo and granulating, doesn’t make a real dark colour but has some interesting effects with permanent rose and burnt sienna, and mixed with yellows makes bright greens. My offering in cerulean is a teapot and cups – which was drawn while we waited for a sky to dry, and painted quickly while the others finished their paintings.

teapot

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