Monday, August 7, 2017

Hug Point


A few miles south of Cannon Beach -- along the beautiful and rugged coast of Oregon.


"Hug Point, Oregon"   20" x 30"   Oil













5 comments:

  1. Just beautiful. Well, all your work is beautiful. James, you seem to use the same palette on all the work that you do. However, no matter what the subject, you get so much variety in your work. Could I ask you what the last three blues are? Cerulean, Prussian, Ultramarine? Do you mix burnt umber and ultramarine to get your darkest dark?

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    1. Thank you, Sandra! I appreciate your kind words. I do have the same 12 colors on my palette for most every painting. The blues are Cerulean, cobalt and Ultramarine. My brown is a Transparent Oxide Red (like a Burnt Sienna) and I mix it with Ultramarine for my darkest darks.

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  2. Thank you, James. I am eliminating dioxazine purple, paynes gray and a few other "must have paints" from my palette. I am striving for simplicity. Could I ask you why you use three blues? Does it have something to do with mixing different shades of green. I ask because you only have viridian on your palette, or could it be that it allows you to quickly lower the value of your reds into different shades of gray. With your permission, I am adopting your palette. In the future, there will only be twelve colors set out on my palette. However, I now need transparent oxide red!

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    1. My favorite blue is Cobalt but I find that sometimes I want a cooler of warmer blue. I do mix different shades of green with these blues and you are also correct that I use Viridian to neutralize my reds. As far as color choices, I feel that it is important to have a warm and cool of each of the primaries and beyond that it is a personal choice as to what colors you add to the palette. I hope you enjoy experimenting with a more limited palette -- and I hope you enjoy Transparent Oxide Red!

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    2. I have never thought of color in that way. Because of what you stated..."the importance of having a warm and a cool of each primary color"..., you have given me a new way of understanding color. What you are saying is: if you use cad. red (warm), you might want Alizarin (cool) on your palette as well. Now, your palette makes sense to me. Thank you, James for your time and patience. Transparent Oxide Red is on order.

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