Adding neutrals into color schemes.
Working with full intensity hues is a great way to explore the dynamics of color schemes and to learn the grayscale values of the pigments. When playing The Color Scheme Game, I limited myself to undiluted pigments using only enough water for the paint to flow. Generally I mix enough water and pigment to obtain a viscosity close to the Half and Half I put in my coffee.
I am now including neutrals and diluted mixes when playing The Color Scheme Game. In the study of the Thanksgiving Turkey Neck Bones, my Color Scheme is Analogous with One Near Complement. ( red-violet, violet, blue-violet and yellow-green). I mixed a cool yellow and a cool blue to make my yellow-green. A cool red and a warm blue (Ultramarine Blue) were mixed for all of the violet variations. I left the bones for last. To obtain the neutrals of the bones I mixed dilutions of the violets and the yellow-green.
Palette: four tubes of pigment – cool yellow, cool blue, warm blue, cool red. That’s it!
Image: Thanksgiving Turkey Neck Bones – drawn first with fountain pen filled with Noodler’s Black Ink, followed by washes of watercolor.