Oh, Why He Did That…

“Owyhee Gulley”, 20×16 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 1dec09, warm secondary earth primary palette.

The palette used in this painting is a new concoction, albeit an experiment.

Warm Secondary Earth Primary Palette [Fragonard, unless noted]

orange = cad orange
earth red = venetian red
purple = oriental violet deep
earth blue = prussian blue
green = sap green
earth yellow = raw umber [m.graham]
white = titanium white [r.shiva, by richardson]

Palette notes…

The RYB earth tones are treated as cool colors, and OGV pigments are warm.  Please realize that the absense of a true yellow in this palette, is on purpose.  If you find your paintings too garishly yellow, you may consider using a mix to get your yellows.  That is why a desert motif was chosen here.

Also, Fragonard Cad Orange mixed with their Oriental Violet Deep makes a very warm strong, yet earthy, color red.  I have not seen that shade in mixing colors before.  It may go well with an Alizarin Crimson as the cool color, instead of the Venetian Red.


4 Responses to “Oh, Why He Did That…”

  1. its cool to look at this one.

  2. I kinda like it. Try to mix colors less, to obtain huge small variations of green and so on. (if you would like it more realistic, and IMHO beautiful)

    • Rodrigo,

      I like your response. About the color mixing; you may not be used to painting the high desert, so it is understandable. Feel free to look again at the palette list. Masters, like Paul Gauguin, change their palette depending on the subject, and the amount of money in their pocket. This painting looks this way because it was intended to look this way. In my opinion, if I used my normal “double-primary” palette; more mixing would be done, and the picture would look very gaudy. Thank-you for the critique.


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