Recently, I was given some of Gamblin's new colors to play with. There are so many that it's taking me awhile to work my way through them! In the "natural divider" diptychs I wrote about recently, I used three new greens: Green Gold, Cadmium Chartreuse and Nickel Titanate Yellow. The arrival of these coincided with spring's arrival on Campobello Island, so the timing was perfect!
These three gave me a high-chroma greenish-yellow tint (Cadmium Chartreuse), a somewhat weaker and cooler yellow (Nickel Titanate Yellow) and a rich, mid-value warm green (Green Gold.) In these paintings, which you can see by going to the blog post about them, I used the Nickel Titanate for cooler, more distant sunlit greens; Cadmium Chartreuse for closer, more intense sunlit greens; and Green Gold for some of those wonderfully rich and warm backlit greens that appear in shadows. The Cadmium Chartreuse is also a good staining color, and I used it sometimes in the underpainting as a sort of wash, applying it and then wiping it off to let it act more transparently. Together, these three make a nice addition to the spring palette.
This week, now that summer is here and the maritime mist has mellowed the light, I've been playing with some other new colors: Portland Cool Grey, Portland Warm Grey, Warm White, Titanium Buff. These greys are perfect for summertime here by the ocean. To experiment, I decided to paint a piece that is so typical of the area - a battered scallop dragger sitting in low water by some old fish shacks.
|"ME 7194" 11x14 oil/panel|
I created a video showing some of the steps of this last piece: