Weekly Painting Week 51 Back to Black..and white and 50 shades of grey- Gamine


If you took all the pigments in the color spectrum and mixed them together, what color would you make?

Every spring, Gamblin Paint collects a wealth of pigments from their Torrit Air Filtration system. They filter the air around the areas where workers handle dry pigments so that they are not exposed to pigment dust. Rather than sending the expensive pigments into the landfill, Gamblin paint makers recycle them into “Gamblin Torrit Grey”. The result is a little different each year, and they have a competition for artists to use Torrit Grey, black and white as the only hues. Check out the entries at Gambincolors.com, and head to Jerry’s or Dick Blick and get your own tube and enter!

One quick tip that I learned from Erik– Mix your colors using a value scale, about five shades of grey and white and black. Prepping your colors before you start painting will give you a profoundly different result than mixing as you go. My own tip- start painting with the darkest value and save the lightest for the end.

Gamine, 8 x 10 painting, oil on canvas.


Weekly Painting Week 50- Behold the Lion King large format painting

This is a large (30 x 40″) Acrylic painting with with red, orange and yellow in the sky. The darker reds are a mix of Azo red and umber or black. The hardest part of this was making the head of Mufasa appear in the sky without making it look too solid. Very challenging as I had to make the yellow/brown/white lion king out of all reds. even the eyes are a browned down red, although they read black. Try to paint a figure or scene using only reds, or only blues. This is where a value scale comes in. Acrylic on stretched canvas, 30 x 40″

lion king large done