After painting the Bluejay and strugling with the color blue I began to think it was about time I did some color studies and charts. The last time I had done this I was painting with watercolor and now for the past two years or more I have been using acrylics. So I located my Color Mixing Swatch Book and started to play with the colors. I have always been an advacate for a limited palette and mixing my secondary colors such as greens, violets, and orange. I also love to mix my blacks and greys.
Lets start with my list of colors I use.
Once you start mixing two different primaries together the colors seem endless. You will end up with several charts. So many charts that it would take forever to explain each one so get yourself a color mixing book or do some research online to get yourself started. The important thing for every artist is to just do it. You learn so much and will be amazed.
One thing I will convey is that black is so easy to mix. Did you know that mixing all tree primaries makes black? But here is a better method - Mix Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna. In the book it says mixing these two complementaries the colors will absorb each other creating darks. They are the ideal replacement for black, payne's gray and possibly burnt umber. You can see in my image these two colors mixed.
Now all I need to do yet is create charts mixing the rest of the complimentary colors.
If you are interested in this book by Michael Wilcox you can purchase it here.
I also found the Kindle ebook of this version here.
Start playing with color and have fun!