Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Model with a Red Teapot


Here's a figure study that I'm going to keep in my studio drawer as a reminder of how much color can derive from a very limited palette (in this case prussian blue, cadmium red and naples yellow)-- a good lesson in general right now, given the new imperative to do more with what we have on hand.

3 comments:

Hillary Miller said...

It is energizing to see this - I've been doing some figures studies myself. What great flesh tones with just those three colors!

susie campbell said...

Hey Susan, I feel like a spy myself checking out your blog. As always, I am impressed with your work ethic. I'd like to know more of the limited palette options you've been trying for the figure - this triad gives lovely and rich tones. You will be pleased that I am using my journal - so glad that in the Washington DC area, one doesn't have to have a full degree from spy school.

Susan Abbott said...

Thanks for your comments, Hillary and Susie. I picked this triad because of the red teapot--couldn't get that color except with cadmium. Usually I'd use alizirin in a triad, but cad red works well if you want warmer mixes, especially browns rather than violets. I also don't normally use naples in a triad, but no other way to get that "hospital green" cool light green except with naples and a green-blue like prussian (in watercolor anyway.)