My Abstract Painting Process-Part 2

My Abstract Painting Process-Part 2

In Part 2 of this continuing series I put my paint on the palette and mix the colors that I will be using in the painting.

In Part 1, I selected a color combination from the color wheel to use for the painting. For this piece I will be using a Triadic color combination of blue-green, red-violet and yellow orange. Blue-green will act as my dominant color, so that when I look at the finished piece is should be primarily blue-green. Red-violet will be my non-dominant color and will be used to create my darkest, dark values. I will then use the yellow-orange only at my centers of interest to really make them pop.

The colors I am using for this painting are: Hansa Yellow Light, Indian Yellow, Pyrrol Orange, Fluorescent Pink, Fluorescent Magenta, Quinacridone Magenta, Cobalt Violet, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Viridian, Cobalt Turquoise, Minty G (a custom blue-green mixture) and Titanium White.

In mixing colors on the palette my goal is to mix 2-3 varieties of each color of the Triadic color combination that I will be using. I can then tint each of those varieties as required to create a beautifully varied, yet harmonious color palette for the piece.

Yellow-Orange Mixtures: I use Pyrrol Orange, Hansa Yellow Light and Titanium White to create my first yellow orange. The next yellow-orange is a mixture of Fluorescent Pink, Hansa Yellow Light and Titanium White.

Red-Violet Mixtures: I combine Ultramarine Blue and Quinacridone Magenta for one mixture. Next I use Cobalt Blue and Quinacridone Magenta, then Cobalt Blue and Fluorescent Magenta. Cobalt Violet is already a great red-violet so I just added a bit of Titanium White to tint as needed.

Blue-Green Mixtures: Viridian, Cobalt Turquoise and Minty G are all blue-green varieties right out of the jar. I mix them with a bit of Titanium White to tint and a bit of red-violet to neutralize them and give them some variety.

In the next video, the painting begins!

For those that are interested in learning to paint in a similar process, I have some workshops coming up that you will love. (You can see a full list of Workshops by Clicking HERE.)

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