An experimental seascape in my Khadi paper sketchbook. The sky is indigo and the sea is a mixture of different blues plus Daniel Smith Rich Green Gold. It looks more effective when viewed from a distance and the real thing looks better than the photograph! I’ve been trying to build up a few light layers of colour without overdoing it. I was tempted to work on this a bit more but I think I’ll leave it as it is…
MIXING RICH GREEN GOLD
I’ve also had a little play with Daniel Smith’s Rich Green Gold (not to be confused with Daniel Smith’s Green Gold, a different colour)…
First I mixed Rich Green Gold with some popular blues. You can see from the chart above I made some lovely green shades. Then I mixed the Rich Green Gold with some reds and made some lovely browns and burnt orange colours. The photograph doesn’t really do them justice. What I’ve learnt from this is that if I want to create some lovely vibrant earth colours then Daniel Smith’s Rich Green Gold is a good colour to create them with…
in my palette….
Don’t all these colours look good together?
All the colours are Daniel Smith watercolours and from the top the colours are:
Quinacridone Gold – a beautiful rich orange colour
Ultramarine Turquoise ~ a beautiful granulating colour which creates lovely texture with flecks of blue in it….
A mix of Quinacridone Gold & Ultramarine Turquoise
Rich Green Gold ~ I love this colour! It mixes with blues to create lovely ocean greens and on it’s own I would describe it as a seaweed colour (being a person who loves the ocean and everything associated with it). I used this colour in my Stormy Seas painting – all the green shades you can see in this painting were created by the Rich Green Gold mixing with the blues
Prussian Blue ~ my old Winsor & Newton Prussian Blue finally ran out so I replaced it with a Daniel Smith one – a very good replacement!
The left hand colour runs are Prussian Blue + Rich Green Gold. The middle colour runs are Ultramarine Turquoise +Rich Green Gold. And the right hand colour runs are Ultramarine Turquoise + Quinacridone Gold – you can see the granulating effect of the Ultramarine Turquoise more clearly here….
More colour runs….
Above left we have Buff Titanium + Ultramarine Turquoise and on the right we have Naples Yellow + Ultramarine Turquoise. The Ultramarine Turquoise is a gorgeous colour – I love it and will feature in many future paintings…
Colour play like this is so much fun and is a good way for me to learn how colours mix and react with each other.
But most of all…. I love colour and seeing beautiful coloured watercolour paints mingle on lovely 100% cotton watercolour paper excites me and makes me want to paint….