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palgrave
12-22-2014, 06:30 PM
Any tips on which blue colours are used in the following work. Maybe Ultramarin blue+green+violet?

Classic Norwegian painting. "Vinternatt i Rondane".
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Dec-2014/1755041-10675568_10152952716154430_9147588120803024790_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10675568_10152952716154430_9147588120803024790_n.jpg?oh=0fca44b966f08575fc89d610e2598ff0&oe=54FF0B41&__gda__=1430516756_cb5597eff209f1a95e5c9077e330257a

opainter
12-22-2014, 10:51 PM
Because of its purplish cast, the dominant blue appears to be Ultramarine Blue. Either Ultramarine Blue mixed with a dark earth color (like Raw Umber) or Paynes Gray may have been used to paint in the trees and the darker upper part of the sky. It looks like there may be violet and/or dark green accents throughout the painting, but noticeable esp. on the foreground and the sides of the hills.

palgrave
12-23-2014, 04:42 AM
Thanks! Yes. Paynes Grey+Ultramarine blue looks logic. Was Paynes available 150 years ago btw?

Mythrill
12-23-2014, 08:10 AM
Thanks! Yes. Paynes Grey+Ultramarine blue looks logic. Was Paynes available 150 years ago btw?

Hi, Grave! The original Payne's Gray was a mix of Prussian Blue (PB 27), Yellow Ochre (PY 43) and a lake (Alizarin ?). It's relatively easy to match today. :)

Gigalot
12-23-2014, 01:16 PM
Raw Umber + Chromium Oxide green mixture to paint deep shades. Some Ultramarine + Chromium Oxide on foreground.

yellow_oxide
12-23-2014, 01:22 PM
Here's an old Winsor & Newton catalog (http://www.whimsie.com/winsor%20newton%20watercolor%20paint%20antique.html) from 1848 that lists Payne's grey, along with a few other interesting ones. Many aren't made anymore, and at least 16 or 17 of them are really toxic. Now I want to know what some of these watercolors were like. :)

I don't know when Payne's grey was available in Norway though, but wikipedia at least says "The first recorded use of Payne’s grey as a colour name in English was in 1835."

palgrave
12-23-2014, 04:11 PM
Raw Umber + Chromium Oxide green mixture to paint deep shades. Some Ultramarine + Chromium Oxide on foreground.

Thanks. I'll check out these colours.