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Autumn Afternoon by altivo Autumn Afternoon by altivo
Aquaproject 03 Primary Colors submission

Only three paints used:

Grumbacher Academy Lemon Yellow (PY3)
Grumbacher Academy Alizarin Crimson (PR83)
Winsor & Newton Cotman Intense Blue (PB15)

9x6 in. Canson Montval 140 lb cold press fine grain paper

I deliberately chose a subject that would require considerable mixing and color manipulation, since that seemed to be the goal of the exercise. I found that the phthalocyanine blue is difficult to control and tends to overpower the other colors much too easily, but with careful experimentation and more time spent mixing than actually painting, it could be done. The usual earth tones I would have used (burnt sienna, burnt umber, yellow ochre) could be matched fairly well with sufficient effort.

Only a "sketch" but I'm satisfied with the results. Note the samples of the three pigments in the lower right corner.
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KelliRoos Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a wonderful sketch! You did a lovely job, so many lovely tones in this piece, it came out really well. Thank you so much for sharing your mixing experience with us as well, I hope other members can learn from this. :-)
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altivo Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! It was interesting to do, and helped that I had an idea what it was about from the beginning. I don't mind mixing, in fact I get quite inspired with it. Even so, I think I'll stick with my usual eight or nine color palette. :D
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KelliRoos Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
oh yes I understand! XD Yes, keep rocking it with your palette

So glad you stepped out of your comfort zone, as its what the projects are about. :-)
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altivo Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for offering the challenge. It was fun, really.
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mondhasen Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
That thing at the end of my comment- ASCII smiley gone rogue!
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altivo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, ASCII smileys do weird stuff here. I try to avoid them.
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mondhasen Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
Nice mixing with those three colors- lots of variations and still nicely transparent, even the earth tone. Great job with those sienna/umberry colors. :o)
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altivo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Argos has the longer discussion over on DW. Thanks!
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