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02-13-2001, 10:17 PM
Would someone please tell me what to mix in oil to get the color of gold. I could figure out the reflections if I knew the local color?

02-14-2001, 12:40 AM
According to Helen Van Wyk, to depict gold, you start with a local color of thinned raw sienna. For highlights, she suggests white with a little cadmium yellow light and cadmium orange. For the shadows, she lists a blend of alizarin crimson and ivory black into raw sienna. For reflected light (lighter than local color, darker than highlights) she suggests a mix of cadmium orange and cadmium yellow medium. Alternately, she states that the mass tone can be as complex a mix as "a little white, a little cadmium yellow medium, quite a bit of raw sienna and a touch of burnt sienna.

Hope that helps you out!



Judith Northwood
Northwood Studios (http://www.northwood.org/studios)