So I was thinking yesterday, “I really need a good light blue. I should go buy one.” I usually paint ‘straight out of the tube’ as they say, a concession on my part that the likes of Liquitex and Golden are much better at mixing colors than I am. But then I thought, “wait a minute — I already have 6 tubes of different shades of blue, why should I go buy another one that I probably won’t even open for weeks? Besides, I really should learn to mix paints better.” This painting is an experiment in paint mixing.
I squeezed out onto the palette equal amounts of “Florescent” blue, Manganese blue (yummy!), “Brilliant” blue, Cerulean Blue (meh), and Cobalt blue. For those counting, my ultramarine is pretty dried out. Then next to each of those, I put a small dab of Titanium white and got mixing! Then I painted this all blue painting in one sitting.
I like how it came out, though some mixes were better than others. What looks like purple is actually the Cobalt blue, lightened with white. That and the Manganese (the largest area) are my favorite shades here. The ‘brilliant’ blue just really isn’t so much, neither is the ‘fluorescent’, and I’ve always found cerulean disappointing. I let the excess of these dry on the palette. Didn’t even try to save them. There was no excess of the manganese and cobalt! Overall I think this turned out well! 🙂
So…. I really need a good light blue. I should go buy one.