This week I want to use a full palette of warm and cool
primaries and attempt to paint in the style of Peggi Kroll Roberts, http://www.krollroberts.com I
like the simplicity of Peggi’s work, but don’t confuse simple with easy.
Lay out your palette first and don’t skimp on the paint.
For the example shown I used
As a general
breakdown of the colours used I laid in cobalt blue for the background and
ultramarine for the shadow; adding the compliment is one way to take down a
colour in the shadows but if you have a darker value of the same colour try that first. For
instance the mid blue cobalt has the dark blue ultramarine for the shadow.
Similarly with red, cadmium in the light could use crimson in the shadows. Both
these examples will give a cleaner shadow colour, give it a try.
From left to right the fruits were cadmium yellow; cadmium
yellow and cadmium red to make orange and lemon yellow.
Take them into shadow this time using the complementary
of each colour.
The dark background on the left is a rich dark brown;
make your own using a mix of three primaries, ultramarine blue, crimson and
The teapot is a little of the same mix added to white;
you may need to adjust it to get a greyer mix without any obvious colour
The green foreground is cadmium yellow and ultramarine
blue, and remember the shadows are a darker green, not black.
The other part of the foreground was crimson red and
ultramarine blue added to white.
Remember when mixing add the dark to the light. Don’t
over mix the paint and use as few brushstrokes as you need. Use a swatch.
I come across some really old Cornishware props and used the nice blue jug with the complementary coloured oranges. I'm about two and a half hours into a still life and on the home straight. I think I'll leave it here for now as I'm starting to wane... it's best to come back and have another go if this is the case.
I'm giving a demonstration with mixed media on Monday
evening for the Southport Art Club. It’s easy to forget the joy of
experimenting with different materials where the outcome is secondary to the
exploration. Acrylics, ink, charcoal and wax were used using some old
sketchbooks and paintings I did around Cape Cornwall and Mousehole