Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Cobalt Hue

One of my favorite things to do in the studio besides painting is filling tubes with oil paints. As of late I have been interested in using Cobalt blue as my primary blue.  (being inspired by looking at paintings by Monet and other Impressionists)  For the past couple years my palette has been mostly Phthalo blue, Magenta, Lemon yellow and Titanium white.

One day I did an experiment with 3 different cobalt blues to compare the quality of colour when mixed with titanium white.  A tube from Pebeo, Winsor & Newton and Georgian Oils. I found the W&N and Pebeo to be very close in tinting strength even though the Pebeo was $8 versus W&N being $30.  I also noticed the contents of what made up the Pebeo version of cobalt didn't actually contain cobalt which was a happy surprise since cobalt does pose a potential health hazard. (though only apparently in dust form) So I thought why not mix my own Cobalt Hue which is basically finding the right amount of Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue and Titanium white.

I would always prefer to use traditional Cobalt Blue, it's lightfastness or permanence as a pigment has been proven to stand the test of time, but when in need of a cheaper solution I'm happy to use the Cobalt Hue mixture.

Below you can see my 200 ml tube of mixed Cobalt hue.

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Random cafe sketches

I always keep a small sketchbook in my coat pocket
It’s a bit like an artistic security blanket, if I feel the
creative urge to draw something it isn’t far away.

Back in my college days when I was taking illustration
my teachers encouraged us to always keep a sketchbook
Handy saying  “ideas are golden!” You might think of an
idea today and forget about it.  But it could lead you to the
next great painting, or movie script or business idea.
Being a course on illustration they would encourage us to
communicate ideas visually and not just in the written

Ok no great movie scripts here, just some sketches of people
at cafes, just some fun.

Fall colours in the park

 Since the Covid 19 pandemic hit I've been spending more time indoors and working from home,  it's changed a lot of my daily routine...