I think I can safely say that we all "LOVE" color, so I posed this question to my student groups to find out what they like and it's been interesting to hear all the different replies.
Through the years I have gathered lots of different brands of color and when working on my own paintings I enjoy experimenting, but one of the challenges that can happen is when you try incorporating it into the current pallet. Some artists believe that you shouldn't mix brands, but really how often does that happen?
You could work with the three primaries of one brand, but if your like me, I enjoy playing and seeing how different color flows, rewet's, granulates and blends. It's exciting giving new colors a try, after all, as are artists, color is one of the things that inspires us.
When buying a new brand of color make sure to test it first before committing to a painting.
- Things to think about:
- How does it blend with other colors and brands.
- How is the transparency.
- Does the color muddy when blended.
- How much has the color shifted when dry.
For instance I once used a beautiful purple and when it dried it turned into an acid pink, it was shocking.
Color is personal and these are only just a few of the colors students are using.
Starting with the most popular brands:
Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith, Holbein, Maimeri, Schmicke, Lukas, Mission, Cheap Joe's, Davinci, Art Spectrum (in Australia) and St. Petersburg
- Winsor & Newton: French Ultramarine Blue, Winsor Blue (Green Shade) Burnt Sienna, Indian yellow, Quinacridone Gold, Cobalt Violet
- Holbein: Cobalt Blue, French Ultramarine Blue,
- Daniel Smith: Ouinacridone Burnt Orange, Cobalt Blue Violet, Cascade Green, Moon Glow, Jadeite Genuine, Carbazole Violet, All the Quinacridone colors, All the Prima Tek colors.
- Art Spectrum (Australian): Red earth, Leaf Green
What's your favorite color & brand?