Fifth Day of The Challenge : Secondaries' Triad
And we progress in the discovery of the triads ...
Today we change the register. No more blue or yellow or red, but the 3 secondary, orange, purple and green. It's quite confusing, because we do not easily opt for a palette without primary ...
This triad is composed of:
- Permanent Orange PO62 by Daniel Smith
- Winsor Violet PV23 from Winsor & Newton
- Phthalo Green PG7 by Daniel Smith
The big problem is that from this triad, we can not get yellow. By mixing the orange with the green one obtains hues varying from a rather dull orange yellow to a yellowish olive green then one manages to obtain a very dull green.
On the other hand mixing green with purple, both of which contain blue, we can get a blue and turquoise, quite dull, but very natural.
Back to our watercolor ... I have, as for the Bridge on L'Aigue-Brun, used a monochrome under-painting, made from purple.
And here is the finished painting...
We get very beautiful dark, but always with a small sub-tone.
The Violet and Green are very dark out of the tube and must be diluted before they make all the panoply of their hues.
Phtalo green is not a natural green at all, but it is a very interesting color that serves me a lot to create all kinds of shades of green.
Here too we see that the green with the orange and from time to time adding a little violet, produces greens of a wide range. gray-green, green olives see green herbs burned by the sun, all are present but no green of spring grass because the orange is too hot to give bright green.
Blends of orange with violet produce beautiful shades of earth tones and it is a way of not having recourse to Siennas and Umbers.
The only problem is that the mixture of green and purple does not produce bright blue. This is not a surprise, but making anthracite blue and turquoises from these two colors was a discovery!
This triad was indeed a discovery for me.
I will definitely keep her for the realization of other larger watercolors. I love the atmosphere it provides.
And now I'm going to a real challenge ... to make a watercolor with Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna and Payne's gray. 3 colors that I dont put in my usual palette. I look forward to seeing you ... tomorrow are later today ;)