Japanese Red Deep. PR3 Semi Opaque. **MM
A strong red, gives a good range of very soft clean coral pinks when mixed with Titanium White. Makes a selection of interesting browns when mixed with Sap Green or Ivory Black. Use with the Yellows to make a selection of bright to dull orange colours.
Ruby Red. PV19 Semi Transparent. *** M
A clear cool bright Red with blue/violet undertone. Could be used as a substitute for Alizarin Crimson which is prone to fading when mixed. Thinned with painting medium it makes a good glazing colour. Makes clean bright pinks
when mixed with Titanium White and clear violets with Ultramarine or the strong
Burnt Umber. PBr7 Opaque *** M
For many people Burnt Umber is indispensable on their palette. A warm rich burnt orange with good covering power. It has many uses, in it's own right mixed with white it makes soft tan colours, mixed with Ultramarine it produces a valuable dark almost black neutral, which when mixed with white presents us with some
delicate Greys. It is good at darkening orange/reds. It is one of the fastest drying oil paints and will cause other paint it is mixed with to dry faster, (acts like a siccative).
Often referred to as an 'earth
Burnt Sienna. PBr7 Opaque *** M
Another earth colour, a warm rich reddish brown, adding white produces some very delicate tints. Can be thinned with painting medium to produce a glazing colour although Raw Sienna is more transparent but cooler. Mix Burnt Sienna with Ultramarine or Prussian Blue to give useful darks. Can be used to darken, reds
and some greens.
Aubusso Green. PG7 Transparent *** M
If you feel the need for a green, try this one. It's a bright strong green with high tinting strength, moved with the yellows or oranges, but only add tiny
amounts of the green. Yellow Ochre will cool it down. Mixed with Ruby Red it makes an interesting brown that tends to be semi transparent. This green is more useful for seascapes than landscapes. Cadmium Yellow and Ultramarine would give a better moveable green for landscape use.
I hope the descriptions of the personality and properties of the above paint has helped you become acquainted with them, some parts are standard descriptions, others are personal views, your view may be different and that's how it should be. Find the colours that you feel comfortable with and are
happy using, this will lead to finding your own colour 'style'.
This is not a 'recommended palette' of colours, but it is a selection of colours that will get you off to a good start, covering transparency, tone, warm, cool, opposites and neutrals. All the paints are single pigment colours, selected to give clean clear results to your colour mixing.
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