$950 – 18″x24″

I have recently discovered something when it comes to paints and pigments and the colors that artists insist are needed. I was always told to avoid black, always use yellow ocher, and burnt sienna, and burnt umber was optional as it was a dead color. I didn’t question, and why would I? Far better artists than I use these colors, so I went with the flow.

A few months back, as I was experimenting with limited palettes at my Friday morning portrait group, I discovered using only bright colors, without any earth tones, and I was surprised to find I could mix all sorts of browns and grays and actually achieve much more vibrant colors. The palette is as follows: White, yellow medium, cad orange, quin magenta (or alizarin), prussian blue, cerulean, viridian, chrome oxide. I call it the “skittles palette”. For browns, I mix orange and prussian blue, the color is very rich and I can push it warmer red or darker blue to almost black if I add magenta. For this painting I brushed it all in very loosely and finished it in 3-4 sittings. I liked how this turned out and will continue on with this color palette for a while.

 

About the Author Kyle Henry

I grew up in the Atlanta, Georgia area (small town called Lithonia to be exact) and started drawing at an early age. After high school, I entered the commercial art program at Pensacola Christian College. There I was able to work as an illustrator in the art studio of A Beka Book, where I worked for 3 years. After graduation I pursued a career of freelance illustration and continued learning my craft by studying with great artists and illustrators both past and present. I am fascinated by light and how it relates to edges and color. My goal is that each of my paintings capture the emotion of the subject, and not just the mere superficial facts. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if I can help in any way.

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