Many artists’ have their favorite colours and these are just a few of mine. They are essential and very important to me especially since I realised I like to paint in thin layers. I have for the past 14 years shared this information with my students on when and how to use them. Watch out for my You Tube video about this blog so you could see exactly what I mean!
Transparent Red Iron Oxide – I love this colour!!! Especially if I need to glaze this colour on top of another colour to bring down the intensity or to warm up a colour. You must experience it to believe me! As the name states, it is transparent, meaning you can see right through. It has a red-mahogany colour with a very warm temperature. If you glaze this colour on top of green, it warms up the green colour which makes it beautiful and makes grasses look warmer. On top of yellow, it warms up the yellow and brings about some sort of glow that you just can’t obtain with yellows. It is highly recommended for fall leaves. On top of red or oranges, it brings about the intensity of the red colour underneath. It is just beautiful! I used M.Graham brand in both acrylic and oil mediums.
Sepia - I fell in love with Sepia in 2004. Somehow discovered it and felt that I cannot do without. It is transparent and so versatile. As the name suggests, it has a brownish colour, (iron-oxide) yet transparent enough to look like a dirty green, without being dirty. I have combined this colour with Dioxazine Purple and came up with a beautiful black colour. Glazing this colour on to green and brown can warm up the colour and push it back.
I use the Tri-Art brand, which is manufactured in Kingston, Ontario… which makes me happy to support a Canadian Brand!
Dioxazine Purple – Although I do make a nice violet by mixing a red and blue, Dioxazine Purple is my go-to colour if I want to have a consistent purple mix, no matter what! It is transparent so it can be glazed on to increase brilliance to reds and blues… and I just love it as a tadpole when I make greys. I use M. Graham brand as well… for some reason I like the M. Graham brand because it has no solvents.
Titan Buff – My Go-To colour for lightening colours without risking the mix to become pastel-like. This colour is beige-like and can certainly be added or mixed into a colour to give it some added shadow or volume. When you mix this to a Cadmium Yellow, you can sortof dampen the look of the yellow which is sometimes what you need as Cadmiums can scream (if you know what I mean). When working on an abstract painting and things may have gotten a bit off kilter, you can brush or brayer in Titan Buff in areas to give it a chance to rebuild again. I use Golden brand.
Anthraquinone Blue – Anthra what?! Now say that 10 times real FAST! Yah, the name says it all. Its big, bold and blue. I am a blue person, but since this colour has a bit of red in it, it can be very dark if you want it to be. It is transparent with excellent lightfast qualities, love the greens this can produce and deep blue blacks when glazed onto rocks! I use the M.Graham brand.
I have many more favorite colours… but these are my top 5!! Have fun mixing!!! Please stay tuned to my You Tube video on my Marissa Sweet Channel for demonstration of these colours! and don't forget to subscribe!