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Sharon Flan

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on: October 22, 2012, 05:34:46 PM
 :help:  Dennis; after reading threads on color mixing, did I use a senna or umber for my cloud shading  :crazy2:  on a wet cloud I worked on to have a greenish yellow show up :'(  in my Lake Hayes painting.  I still have been trying to figure out what happened.. :o..

Thanks :thankyou: for all the great info on color mixing .


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Reply #1 on: October 22, 2012, 08:25:10 PM
Hi Sharon,
I usually use burnt sienna with the ultra blue to give me that shadow color. It doesn't take much sienna though. I don't know why you got a yellowish color though. Unless you actually touched some yellow in your mix. Hope this helps. Happy painting.
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Reply #2 on: October 24, 2012, 05:42:24 PM
If you used Raw Umber then this may be your problem. Depending on the make Raw Umber can have colour undertones that vary from an almost black to a green. Some are opaque and some have a degree of transparency in them. The Raw Umber used by the Old Masters used to have a green cast. I found this very prominent with the oil paints.
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Reply #3 on: October 24, 2012, 06:13:39 PM
I still haven't done my color mixing charts, but this is another good reason why I need to!  Each company seems to have slightly different colors, even though they are called the same thing.  I really need to make a chart using the brands I use!

Also, I do what Dennis does - I have a small test paper handy to try out my mix before using it in my painting.  This helps to avoid a surprise later!  But, sometimes I just "wing" it, so it's my own fault when I mess up!!

Thanks, Dennis for being able to explain the "why" of how things happen!!

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