Complimentary Electric Palette

The last painting I painted was done using what I call the “Complimentary Electric Palette”.  The discussion below is intended to explain it.  But in order to cut bait and run here is the palette in a picture.

COOL RED == Garnet [PV19]. by Fragonard [like quinachridone violet].
WARM RED == Cadmium Red Medium [PR108]
WARM YELLOW == Cadmium Yellow Medium [PY35]
COOL YELLOW == Cadmium Lemon [PY35, green shade]
WARM BLUE == Mix between Prussian Blue [PB27] and Manganese Blue Hue [PB15,PG7]
COOL BLUE == French Ultramarine Blue [PB28]

The name “Complimentary Electric” comes from the fact that COOL RED made from one pigment is quite electric.  The mixed WARM BLUE is made of three pigments and is quite electric.  The two make an interesting compliment.  The painting “Verge of Wipeout on Mores Creek” uses this electric COOL RED as the undertone, then when the sky is painted it uses alot of the WARM BLUE.  So the brightness in the painted sky comes from the combination of complimentary electric pigments.

This palette seems to work because the non-electric colors have a dicotomy going for them.  I.E. the COOL BLUE is transparent; and the WARM RED, WARM YELLOW, COOL Yellow are all opaque.

The other reason the painting works out is because the setting of the river is primarily in the shade, and thus non-electric.

OK, enough of this BS, back to painting.


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