Had I not committed to use the color scheme and hue chosen for me by one of you, I would have tossed the discarded this choice and thrown the die again. I push myself pretty hard, but there are still walls I run up against that I wouldn’t force myself to break through (at least not yet) unless pushed by a comrade. Thank you, Betsey Foster, for pushing me past I wall I hadn’t known existed!
Fortunately, I am allowing myself to use neutrals mixed from the color palette as well as dilutions of the mixes. I didn’t realize I was so emotionally attached to the history of these hats that I couldn’t bring myself to paint them a full-intensity Green-Blue, Yellow-Orange or Red-Violet.
Betsey chose Color Scheme #8 (Basic Triad) and Hue #4 (Green-Blue). There is only one option to use that includes Green-Blue.
If you are playing along with this game and you don’t have a strong understanding of the properties of each pigment, I recommend VERY STRONGLY that you do not allow yourself neutrals and that you stick with using only three pigments (one yellow, one red, one blue) in full intensity. It is through these restrictions that I found my way into a world of creative color I never imagined possible, at least for me.
I started out mixing three puddles of color, G-B, Y-O and R-V using only three pigments: Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue and Aureolin. that’s when I realized that the color of the hats was important to me. I did not want to stray too far away from Army Green. In order for the hats to look drab without really being drab, I needed to neutralize the green slightly and contrast it with a strong yellow-orange. I needed a warmer yellow and a warmer red to make that yellow-orange. Try making a bright yellow-orange with aureolin and alizarin crimson; it doesn’t work. I added gamboge and cadmium red light to my palette. the World War II hat is slightly darker and less yellow than the World War I hat. Since Betsey chose Green-Blue as the hue, I wanted to paint the World War II hat in a barely neutralized green-blue that would hold to her choice and provide a touch of coolness to a very warm palette.
The browns of the brims and the grays of the emblems and rivets are all mixed from the three puddles of yellow-orange, red-violet and green-blue.
Remember that when you are playing this game (without neutrals or dilutions) you may use variations of a mix. For example, a yellow-orange may be any and all the yellow-oranges you want as long as it doesn’t look like something you would call yellow or something you would call orange.
What I can’t describe to you is how this was such a new experience for me. The closest I can come is to say that I knew exactly what would work, what wouldn’t work. what I wanted and what I didn’t want as I was mixing these neutrals.
To view the drawing before it was painted and to see other versions painted by my readers (if they send them to me) click here.
Another line drawing for you to choose the color scheme and hue for me will be posted every week on a Tuesday or Wednesday.
Thanks for joining me on this journey exploring the joy of color.