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madmum
01-19-2003, 03:21 PM
A new project has been announced in the WetCanvas! project system!

Title: Triad Challenge
Project Leader: madmum
Relative Difficulty: Irrelevant
Type Restrictions: Painting
Medium: Watercolor paints
Subject: Not Applicable
Days open for signups: Always
Maximum participants allowed: Unlimited

Description:

How many different colours do you have on your palette? 10? 15? Well this project is an exercise to prove you don't need to use all of them in your paintings!

Have you any idea how many different colours you can create from just 3? I challenge you to choose 3 colours from your palette and paint a scene/floral/portrait (or whatever takes your fancy) of your own choice with those colours. If you just HAVE to use one different colour in a small area, I'll let you off, but that is the only exception!

I've found a few sites which describe the concept of painting with triads, please have a look. I've also included my own triad painting as an example, which was completed using alizarin crimson, ultramarine and aureolin. I did cheat and used perm. rose on the little girls coat! Please don't copy this, it is purely an example. I want to see your own triads! When you upload your entries, please include in your description the three colours you used, and tell everyone whether you found the challenge easy, hard or average, and why.

That's it from me, now get painting!

Additional Information:

For more information on the project: Click here! (http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/browse_details.php?proj_id=354)

Remember, in order to help keep the discussions on projects organized, you should post your questions, suggestions, and comments on submitted work here in this thread. By doing this, we allow other non-project efforts to not get "pushed down" by a swarm of project-related threads.

pampe
01-19-2003, 03:36 PM
too bad I'm leaving...*sigh*

maybe when I get back

lynn_cyr
01-19-2003, 03:40 PM
Count me in, Ruth!! :-)

Lynn

Yorky
01-19-2003, 03:48 PM
Let's finish the current project, Ruth, then I'll have a go!

Doug

madmum
01-19-2003, 04:14 PM
Whenever is fine Doug :)

Pam, I'm happy to wait till you come home - as long as you join :)

Lynn, good to have you on board, I think you'll find it an eye-opening experience once you see just how many colours you can make by layering or mixing just 3 :)

Ruth

Strawberry Wine
01-19-2003, 04:14 PM
This should be interesting. My eyes are soooo... blurry from the detail in Chinatown so a nice fuzzy floral is right up my alley.

Pam, I will miss you!!!! Hope you won't be gone for too long.

Gail

pampe
01-19-2003, 05:41 PM
:rolleyes:

shoot...I was hoping you'd go on without me.....


Gail, I'll be back on 2/1

we'll see then, Ruth...depends on how far behind I am:crying:

tigre255
01-19-2003, 06:15 PM
Count me in ......this should be interesting......lol

geof
01-19-2003, 08:08 PM
I'm up for this Ruth. :)

painterbear
01-20-2003, 07:12 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17224

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/5309/tn_3_colors.jpg

Very nice winter scene, you got a lot of different hues from those three colors.

magnuscanis
01-20-2003, 07:57 AM
I'll give this one a go.

Actually, I often only use four or five colours in a painting anyway, so it shouldn't be too hard. My initial sketch for the shells project used a palette of just three colours (yellow ochre, Prussian blue, alizarin crimson IIRC). The hardest things will be choosing a subject to paint
and finding time to actually paint it.

mchew
01-20-2003, 08:39 AM
Ruth.... I can hardly keep up with the number of projects here and you've started a new one?!!! :eek:

I haven't even started on your shells project and have just started the mountain project at class.... and with Chinese New Year just less than 2 weeks away.... I'm sorry but I'm afraid I've to give this one a miss.

But... (this is a BIG BUT)!! Ok... perhaps I could eventually join up in late February... is that alright?

madmum
01-20-2003, 08:55 AM
Marvin, it's open-ended, so no time-limit on joining or submitting :) I just think it's an interesting exercise to get people thinking about mixing colours :D

Ruth

madmum
01-20-2003, 10:44 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17224

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/5309/tn_3_colors.jpg

Carol, these colours worked very nicely together. The painting has a nice feel to it. I wonder how the colours would mix if you wanted more colours than the 3 you have here?

Ruth

rapolina
01-20-2003, 10:53 AM
It seems an interesting challange to me!
I'll try to do something, if acceptable I'll post to the project.

very attactive, thank you ruth!!

:) ciao, rapolina.

al22
01-20-2003, 11:09 AM
This sounds interesting.........
..........al

Starsprite
01-20-2003, 09:41 PM
Hey, this sounds like fun to me too! I definitely need to limit my palette more..I have wayyyy to many colors. Count me in!:)

pampe
01-21-2003, 12:28 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17224

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/5309/tn_3_colors.jpg

Carol

This is wonderfully done

I like the "sparkle" you achieved

coffee_girl3000
01-21-2003, 02:19 PM
I'm in Ruth! *sighs and shakes head* Far too many projects going at the moment! However, I suppose it means I don't have to think of things to paint/how to paint them. I will do this sometime soon, just as soon as I get my French coursework done :(. Parlez vous francais? :)

coffee_girl3000
01-21-2003, 02:27 PM
Decisions decisions.......what colour triad is everyone thinking of using? I had a look at the links you provided, Ruth, and was glad to see a few pre-chosen ones that apply to different kinds of paintings. I suppose it depends on what you paint! I might do a floral (ahhhh scary!) so I'll have to research ideas for the colours.

madmum
01-21-2003, 03:12 PM
Welcome on board, Sarah :) I haven't chosen a reference photo to tackle yet, so I have no idea what triad I'll use. It may involve one of my new paints, or some of the colours I use less often to make it even more interesting :D

Great to see so many already signed up for this one, mostly familiar names, but also a new member of WC!, PandoraB. :clap: :clap: :clap: Welcome, Donna, I'm delighted you joined in with this project :)

Tomorrow, I find inspiration and PAINT :D

Ruth

taghera
01-21-2003, 03:22 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17271

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/1941/tn_tagherathreecolours.jpg

I did this a few years ago for another 3 colour project here...colours used::..Colbart Blue....Raw sienna...Light Red..:)

coffee_girl3000
01-21-2003, 03:24 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17271

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/1941/tn_tagherathreecolours.jpg

Nice painting Tag, in your style and you really achieved a range of colours with just those three! You going to do another one?

madmum
01-21-2003, 03:26 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17271

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/1941/tn_tagherathreecolours.jpg

Tag, thank you sooooooo much for posting this for us to see! It's a perfect example of how 3 colours work together to make a unified painting! Fantastic! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Ruth

tigre255
01-21-2003, 03:35 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17271

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/1941/tn_tagherathreecolours.jpg

Really nice painting Hugh......and only three colours....

Nicely done......;) :angel:

Yorky
01-21-2003, 04:55 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17271

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/1941/tn_tagherathreecolours.jpg

Excellent result Tag - the colours fit your style perfectly.

Doug

Starsprite
01-21-2003, 06:01 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17271

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/1941/tn_tagherathreecolours.jpg


Wow Tag! You sure did achieve a lot of values with those three colors. Love the sky and I spotted those two little birds flying there too! Good color combo! :clap:

Starsprite
01-21-2003, 06:04 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17224 Momsyward

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/5309/tn_3_colors.jpg

This is great! I really like the cool, clean colors.....looks very cold and crisp!:)

Starsprite
01-21-2003, 06:07 PM
MadmumRegarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17241

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/10535/tn_Oban_inked_lg.jpg

Ruth, I absolutely love this one! This is a great combo of colors and I might just have to steal them from you! LOL :)

babybrush
01-21-2003, 10:20 PM
well, i tend towards the minimum anyway, so most of my paintings are just the three primary colors anyway. i may post one soon.

Bethany

painterbear
01-22-2003, 04:57 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17271

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/1941/tn_tagherathreecolours.jpg

Very nice painting of a bucolic country scene. You got maximum impact from those three colors. I really like the figure walking down the road and the plume of smoke coming from the chimney.

painterbear
01-22-2003, 05:01 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17241

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/10535/tn_Oban_inked_lg.jpg

Terrific painting, Ruth. I really like how there is something interesting to look at all over the composition. I love the colorful windows in the foreground building, the trees in the middle ground, and the large purple coliseum-like structure in the background towering over the village.

It is amazing how many different colors you achieved with just those three to start out with. Super job.

madmum
01-22-2003, 04:50 PM
I've started my second entry for this, and I'm doubling up on projects again ;)

I'm using the ref. image from Geof's Mountains and Lakes project, and using 2 new colours to see what they can do, along with my favourite Raw Sienna :D The new colours are Pthalo Blue (green shade) and Quinacridone Magenta. 2 very bright, clear colours, not necessarily what you would imagine using for a landscape!

I'm liking it so far, but couldn't scan to show as my puter froze half way through so I gave up for today!

Sylvia, you're too kind, you've seen that painting so much you must be sick of it by now! lol

Patty, by all means use that colour combination, but if you do, can you do another with different colours too? :)

Ruth

geof
01-23-2003, 05:26 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17324

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/12094/tn_Triad_Final.jpg

Hi Ruth,
A small painting, without WIP I am afraid. Have been strapped for time lately. Comments/critques welcome.

madmum
01-23-2003, 06:27 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17324

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/12094/tn_Triad_Final.jpg

Good job Geof! I really like the warm sand and the sea colour is perfect! Interesting that you needed the green. :)

Ruth

madmum
01-23-2003, 06:29 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17325

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/progress/10535/tn_Triad_colour_swatch.jpg

Just to show what I'm working with before I show my painting :D

madmum
01-23-2003, 06:31 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17326

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/progress/10535/tn_Bow_Lake_Triad_WIP_1.jpg

Here's what I've done so far.

I'm really happy with the mountains, sky and lake so far. The background trees I'm chuffed with, I've never painted pines before, but the foreground needs alot of work before I like it. Masking is still in place.

Ruth

Yorky
01-23-2003, 08:36 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17324

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/12094/tn_Triad_Final.jpg

Teriffic painting, geof. Your colour choice was spot on for this type of scene. Wonderful sky, waves - everything!

Doug

madmum
01-23-2003, 09:39 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17328

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/10535/tn_Bow_Lake_triad_final.jpg

Done!

I loved painting in these colours (see above which, or look in the project at the title). Do you think they worked? Can you see anywhere that's lacking "something"?

Thanks for looking,

Ruth

tessp
01-23-2003, 09:51 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17328

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/10535/tn_Bow_Lake_triad_final.jpg

Wow! Ruth, I absolutely love this!! You should paint with 3 colors all the time! (Just kidding) :clap:

Yes, I think they worked wonderfully, and no, I don't think it's lacking anything. It looks like the scanner sort of blew out the detail in the middle area of snow... is there some subtle color there in the original?

Tess
(home today because of snow)

madmum
01-23-2003, 09:55 AM
Tess, thank you :) you're right, it lost a little detail on the white area in the middle when I scanned it. Not alot, just enough to suggest snow.

Ruth

tigre255
01-23-2003, 10:05 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17328

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/10535/tn_Bow_Lake_triad_final.jpg

This is so good......I'm having so much trouble with this project and you make it look so simple......:(

But love your painting and can't see anything missing in it.......:clap: :clap: :clap:

Yorky
01-23-2003, 10:22 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17328

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/10535/tn_Bow_Lake_triad_final.jpg

Wow! You did an excellent job here, Ruth. (grrrr) :D

Doug

geof
01-23-2003, 10:34 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17328

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/10535/tn_Bow_Lake_triad_final.jpg

Lovely job Ruth.

:evil: :evil: It's in the WRONG project :evil: :evil:

geof
01-23-2003, 10:36 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17324

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/12094/tn_Triad_Final.jpg

Thanks for looking and commenting Ruth & Doug.

madmum
01-23-2003, 10:41 AM
Originally posted by geof
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17328

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/10535/tn_Bow_Lake_triad_final.jpg

Lovely job Ruth.

:evil: :evil: It's in the WRONG project :evil: :evil:

Geof, it's in BOTH projects ;) :evil: I have to make the best use of my time!

Thanks Barb, it isn't that hard, honest! Look at your reference, choose 3 colours you think will work, try them on a scrap of paper, then if you're happy with the layering and mixing go for it! :D

Doug, that is very nice of you to say, I know it hurt you badly :evil: lol

Ruth

Carrie
01-23-2003, 03:20 PM
Regarding this entry -->Madmum http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17328

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/10535/tn_Bow_Lake_triad_final.jpg

Wow, only those three colors? marvelous results!! like the way you dropped new colorinto a wet area and just let it bleed out in the shadow of the lake.
Carrie

P.S. I think we should make Tag do his again using these three colors!:evil: :D

al22
01-23-2003, 05:26 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17324

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/12094/tn_Triad_Final.jpg

Geof.......great use of color.........sky is super........
Nice......
................al

al22
01-23-2003, 05:29 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17328

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/10535/tn_Bow_Lake_triad_final.jpg

Super Ruth.......great use of the limited palette....
........al

al22
01-23-2003, 05:30 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17271

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/1941/tn_tagherathreecolours.jpg

Good one Tag.......the composition walks you right in and you got great depth.......
.........al

WBarlow
01-23-2003, 05:56 PM
I teach a watercolor class for beginners, and that is all I give them...the three primary colors. I have made a vast number of color palettes using various combinations of 3 primaries. The combinations provide a wide variety of moods for my paintings, and at the same time keeps my mixing issue to a minimum.
When I get the chance, I'll come back in with some of my examples.

madmum
01-24-2003, 03:14 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17342

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/8880/tn_lake1a.jpg

Another excellent example of limited palette painting Al! :clap:

I'm interested in the palette you chose, why did you feel it was necessary to use a blue, a yellow and a green? Do you feel the painting could have been better if you had used a warm red instead of the green? Not saying it WOULD, just throwing the question out there :cat: (doing this to learn!)

Ruth

madmum
01-24-2003, 03:21 AM
Originally posted by WBarlow
I teach a watercolor class for beginners, and that is all I give them...the three primary colors. I have made a vast number of color palettes using various combinations of 3 primaries. The combinations provide a wide variety of moods for my paintings, and at the same time keeps my mixing issue to a minimum.
When I get the chance, I'll come back in with some of my examples.

I'd be very interested to see your examples!

I think the problem of large palettes is particularly bad for self-taught watercolourists, especially those learning from books. The demos in teaching books give lists of colours for an exercise, so the beginner goes out and buys them! Books would be much more educational if they had a list of 6 colours at the start, then used only those colours throughout the book.

Ruth

madmum
01-24-2003, 03:28 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17349

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/progress/18002/tn_Triad_Jules1.jpg

A nice initial sketch Donna :) What colours are you using? It looks like you have a yellow, raw sienna or burnt sienna, and a blue? Interesting choice of reference too, the B&W photo.

Ruth

painterbear
01-24-2003, 07:16 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17324

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/12094/tn_Triad_Final.jpg

Very nice painting of the California coast. I really like the white sparkles you left in the water and the dramatic sky colors. Nice composition too. I like the little water pool on the left side of the beach sand. Nice touch.

painterbear
01-24-2003, 07:18 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17328

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/10535/tn_Bow_Lake_triad_final.jpg

Ruth,

Very bright colors and pleasing combos. I think you could have carried more of the purple down into the reflection of the mountain on the left side. Other than that, I think it is super.

Yorky
01-24-2003, 07:21 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17373

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2003/1046-Alhambra1.jpg

OK I nearly trashed this one, but here it is for what it's worth! The foreground trees became muddy. and I gave up on them. However the overall effect of the Palace was acceptable. 12x9 Langton Rough. W&N Alizarin Red, Cad. Yellow and Ultramarine Blue.

The reference was a frame grabbed off a TV travel programm with my TV card:-

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2003/1046-Alhambragrab.jpg

Doug

PS I did what Jaytee suggested and removed /tn- from the link to get a full-size image instead of a thumbnail. Saves everyone clicking and opening another window. Hope it works!

PPS I darkened the foreground and substituted above the FINAL version!

magnuscanis
01-24-2003, 07:24 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/1046/tn_Alhambra1.jpg

I'm glad you decided not to trash it, Doug. The foreground trees don't look too muddy to me. Actually I'm really impressed with the greens you've managed to come up with using cadmium yellow and ultramarine. I've usually ended up with fairly flat, grey looking results using those. Generally I use lemon yellow and Prussian blue if I'm mixing greens, but I should probably try the others again.

All in all, I think this is a really good picture and I'm sure the casual observer wouldn't guess it only had three colours in it.

madmum
01-24-2003, 07:50 AM
Originally posted by Yorky
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17373

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/1046/Alhambra1.jpg

The reference was a frame grabbed off a TV travel programm with my TV card:-

PS I did what Jaytee suggested and removed /tn- from the link to get a full-size image instead of a thumbnail. Saves everyone clicking and opening another window. Hope it works!

Neat trick with the ref. and another neat trick from Jaytee!

Doug, I think you did very well indeed, an impressive painting of a very difficult subject! I would have been tempted to replace the cad. yellow with raw sienna to get the earth colours, but you pulled it off here.

:clap: :clap: :clap:

Ruth

al22
01-24-2003, 12:00 PM
Originally posted by madmum
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17342

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/8880/tn_lake1a.jpg

Another excellent example of limited palette painting Al! :clap:

I'm interested in the palette you chose, why did you feel it was necessary to use a blue, a yellow and a green? Do you feel the painting could have been better if you had used a warm red instead of the green? Not saying it WOULD, just throwing the question out there :cat: (doing this to learn!)

Ruth

Ruth, only reason I used those colors is that I had just bought the new yellow and wanted to try it out..... grabbed two other colors outa my box without much tho't to what I was even going to do..... Very unplanned..... which is fairly common for me.....lol
........al

Yorky
01-24-2003, 12:13 PM
Originally posted by magnuscanis
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17373

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/1046/tn_Alhambra1.jpg
..........Actually I'm really impressed with the greens you've managed to come up with using cadmium yellow and ultramarine.

Thanks, Magnus, Ruth. I think I'll finish off the foreground trees with the darkest green I can muster.
PS I have substituted the final version in my original comment above

If I do it again I will probably use Prussian blue, Yellow Ochre and Burnt Sienna.

Doug

madmum
01-24-2003, 04:05 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/progress/17432/tn_Progress2.JPG

Hi Laura, welcome to the watercolour forum!!!

Your painting is very interesting, can I ask are you working from a reference image or is this your own creation?

I don't think you are having too great a problem with the skin tones using this palette. (yellow ochre, burnt sienna and Davy's gray, for those who don't know) She is looking Latino to me. I look forward to seeing more :cat:

Ruth

Laura Morena
01-24-2003, 11:48 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17394

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/354/completed/17432/tn_3ColorPotteryLady.JPG

Thanks for the comments Ruth (and the links were good, too!)
Here's my final...if there is such a thing. (Sometimes I pull out a painting that I finished years ago and change something that had been bothering me.) Although, I will probably not do as much of that with watercolors. They are so unforgiving....in oils you can go back in a couple of days and change something, no problem. Watercolors haunt you by bleeding back up into the new color. I guess you have to be really good and do it right the first time!?!;)
To answer your question...it is my own creation* along with a photo reference of a hispanic girl that I photographed at a renaissance festival. The photo was outdoors and there was more pink in her skin (how tempted I was to pull out the Thalo Red you don't even know)! But since I knew that I was using a limited pallette I chose an indoor setting for her with lots of shadow. *I saw a triptych by Max Beckman that used the same type of background stairway and I borrowed the idea for my composititon.

madmum
01-25-2003, 04:03 PM
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Thanks for the comments Ruth (and the links were good, too!)
Here's my final...if there is such a thing. (Sometimes I pull out a painting that I finished years ago and change something that had been bothering me.) Although, I will probably not do as much of that with watercolors. They are so unforgiving....in oils you can go back in a couple of days and change something, no problem. Watercolors haunt you by bleeding back up into the new color. I guess you have to be really good and do it right the first time!?!;)


You'd be surprised! Maybe your materials are letting you down at the moment. If you have allowed washes to dry, you should be able to go back and glaze over the top without problems.

You have completed an atmospheric painting here, and well done for resisting the red :D

Ruth

rapolina
01-27-2003, 04:06 AM
I started my painting, after various tests for choosing my 3 colors.
Chosen them, while i was driving back home from job I had the idea for my painting.
But what a difficult thing to avoid other colors!! it constrains a bit my imagination... but I want to go on, then I'll post it.

Did you find the same problem?
ciao, rapolina. :cat:

madmum
01-27-2003, 04:13 AM
Rapolina, I think it forces you to think slightly differently when you know you have to get all the different values and colours using just the 3. It's good to experiment before you choose your colours :) Look forward to seeing your painting!

Ruth

Laura Morena
01-27-2003, 02:04 PM
You'd be surprised! Maybe your materials are letting you down at the moment.

That's a good one Ruth! You're very sweet to not say that in reverse order!;)
I thought that I might try one more in 3 colors and started a portrait of my mother-in-law, then after a bit I grabbed another color....then another and it felt so good! I was wondering if we might be on to a new type of therapy for recovering artists!
Treatment plan: As long as undesireable behavior is exhibited, lock them in a rubber room with only 3 horrible colors never seen on their pallette before. As positive reinforcement, throw an additional color in the room. They should show signs of immediate recovery from any number of afflictions! Laura

coffee_girl3000
01-27-2003, 02:43 PM
LOL Laura!

Agh I haven't even started this one yet. But I have three courseworks to do. One of which is a huge folder thing for Graphics. Then I have to learn 200 words of French to write out from memory for a writing exam. Plus an English essay! Where will I find the time to paint, I ask ya, especially since I'm out of paper and have to buy a new brush to replace the one I ruined! AHHH!

madmum
01-27-2003, 03:16 PM
Originally posted by Laura Morena


That's a good one Ruth! You're very sweet to not say that in reverse order!;)
I thought that I might try one more in 3 colors and started a portrait of my mother-in-law, then after a bit I grabbed another color....then another and it felt so good! I was wondering if we might be on to a new type of therapy for recovering artists!
Treatment plan: As long as undesireable behavior is exhibited, lock them in a rubber room with only 3 horrible colors never seen on their pallette before. As positive reinforcement, throw an additional color in the room. They should show signs of immediate recovery from any number of afflictions! Laura

LOL!

Try it with colours you like, it might be easier! :evil:

Actually, that sounds a fun game :D project using first one colour, then day 2 add another, and another........ (watercolour forum runs for cover from Ruths latest crazy project......!!!!) :evil:

Ruth :D

Laura Morena
01-28-2003, 06:46 PM
We will be watching for (avoiding) that upcoming project Ruth!:evil:
C'mon coffee-girl....a little more coffee and you could squeeze in an art project during all that time you usually waste sleeping!!! I am seeing a new type of art collage....coffee stains in interesting patterns on wrinkled paper that has lots of misspelled french words all over the place!!!:D Can't wait for the progress photos!

Lady Carol
01-29-2003, 10:19 AM
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I am not happy with the result of this. What do you guys think? Should it be trashed? I used ultramarine blue, raw umber and permanent sap green (and a touch of white gauche), 9.5X6 inches.

Carol

magnuscanis
01-29-2003, 12:19 PM
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I love the sense of light you've achieved in the mountain pass there, Ruth, and also the depth of colours in the rest of the picture.

Looks like a good set of three starting colours you chose, and skilfully applied too of course :cat:.

coffee_girl3000
01-29-2003, 01:11 PM
LOL Laura! Well I have been thinking about doing a coffee painting - I saw one on Tag's website and thought it could be fun. Maybe a coffee painting project? Lol!

Gorgeous painting Ruth, you have made loads of different colours. The blue is delicious :).

Carol, I like it! It reminds me of summer (not that my part of the world actually ever looks like that in summer) and I can't really see why you want to trash it!

Laura Morena
01-29-2003, 02:32 PM
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Nice soft pastel colors! Good job!

Studio224
01-29-2003, 05:26 PM
Thank you Laura... *smile*

madmum
01-30-2003, 09:13 AM
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Carol I think your unusual colour selection worked very well indeed :clap: A lovely beach scene :)

Ruth

madmum
01-30-2003, 09:18 AM
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Great use of a triad, and a very interesting nude. Well done Anne-Clair, and thanks for joining the project :)

Ruth

magnuscanis
02-01-2003, 07:41 AM
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I've finally got round to painting an entry for this project. Following a question to the colour theory forum about mixing greens, I was experimenting with a newly acquired tube of phthalo blue and my existing pan of lemon yellow. I was quite pleased with the results I was getting so I looked through my digital photo archives for a suitable reference picture and settled on one I'd shot last year of a tree somewhere in Snowdonia. For my third colour I chose alizarin crimson, which enabled me to get some nice greys and browns (also a lovely purple which, alas, I couldn't use in this picture). Apart from the sky, which is a straight wash of phthalo blue, none of the palette colours are too much in evidence here.

I'm quite pleased with some of the colours I've got, which is just as well since I don't think it's a particularly good painting in most other respects. I generally have quite a lot of trouble with landscapes, so I don't paint them often. I'm sure I should practice more.

madmum
02-01-2003, 08:36 AM
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Magnus, it looks like you found a pretty good triad. Did you manage to mix any really dark darks?

As for not using the purple in this landscape, whyever not? Purple works great in landscapes! Shadows or distant mountains cry out for purple. :)

Ruth

magnuscanis
02-03-2003, 05:56 AM
Originally posted by madmum

Magnus, it looks like you found a pretty good triad. Did you manage to mix any really dark darks?

As for not using the purple in this landscape, whyever not? Purple works great in landscapes! Shadows or distant mountains cry out for purple. :)


I did manage to get some reasonable darks, but I didn't really use any of them on this painting. Most of the dark areas (such as there are) were obtained by building up several layers of mid-tones - particularly on the grey rocks in the foreground.

The mountains in this landscape are not actually that distant, and they aren't really mountains. They were just big enough to hide the real mountains behind them. Still, I could probably have used a bit of purple in the shadows.

I'm not entirely happy with the painting so I'll probably go back to try and do a bit more work on it at some point.

pampe
02-03-2003, 03:58 PM
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amazing for only 3 colors....:clap:

Yorky
02-03-2003, 05:48 PM
Thanks, Pam.

I considerably darkened the foreground trees and reposted the image with the reference photo on the original comment.

Doug

MALARKEY
02-07-2003, 04:45 PM
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finally got around to this project. I bought the jamaican sunset set from Daniel Smith and wanted some practice to see what colors they would mix. Thanks for looking , Sandy
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/browse_final2.php?userid=467&proj_id=354

geof
02-07-2003, 04:53 PM
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Nice one Sandy. Really like the effect you have achieved with the flowers. What colours are in the "Jamaican Sunset set"?

madmum
02-07-2003, 05:06 PM
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Sandy, I see you only used perm. yellow deep, sap green and deep scarlet. This is the best example of just what you can achieve with such a limited palette! You got some good mixes and darks considering you didn't have a blue! Well done!

Ruth

pampe
02-07-2003, 05:35 PM
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Really lovely, Sandy!

nice work

al22
02-07-2003, 05:43 PM
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I like the interesting composition of this one........
....al

coffee_girl3000
02-11-2003, 12:41 PM
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Finally scanner is working, so here it is, I painted it a couple of weeks ago. It was done in Permanent Rose, Cadmium Yellow and Cobalt Blue, sort of based on a demo in 'Capturing Light and Colour in Watercolour'.

Yorky
02-11-2003, 01:30 PM
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Lovely painting, Sarah - your well chosen triad means thet there really are no limitations on the colours you can mix. Well done!

Doug

al22
02-11-2003, 02:08 PM
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Great Sarah, you really squeezed a rainbow of colors from the three you chose.....
Well done.......
.......al

madmum
02-11-2003, 02:37 PM
Originally posted by coffee_girl3000
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Finally scanner is working, so here it is, I painted it a couple of weeks ago. It was done in Permanent Rose, Cadmium Yellow and Cobalt Blue, sort of based on a demo in 'Capturing Light and Colour in Watercolour'.

Well done Sarah, a fantastic range of colours from 3! :clap:

Ruth

coffee_girl3000
02-11-2003, 02:40 PM
Thankyou all, I am really happy with it :D. Those three colours worked really well, and I actually didn't want to reach for others - it's a great project and learning experience Ruth.

rapolina
03-26-2003, 04:47 AM
it took me a lot of time thiss painting, as i felt "constrained" in the 3 colors I choose. I often use few calors, but knowing that i couldn't use one more was driving me mad!!1 in fact, it's awful.
maybe i could paint a picture with only 2 colors, but I need to know that i can use others if I want.
sorry for the bad panting, but as i took part to the project i sent it.

ciao, :( rapolina.

madmum
03-26-2003, 05:06 AM
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What do you mean, you don't like it????? Great abstract, title suits it perfectly, and with a triad using no reds I'd say it's a great result!!!!!

Isn't it strange how you felt stifled by 3 colours because you like the option of using more "just in case"? I found it freed me to experiment with colour mixing and layering, I was amazed at how many colours and values you can achieve from 3 primaries. I also discovered that a limited palette can lead to a very well balanced painting, everything working together, and less of the dreaded mud!

Thanks for having a go, Rapolina, and for sharing your experiences, that was what the project was all about :)

Ruth

Laura Morena
03-26-2003, 09:05 AM
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I like it Rapolina!
It reminds me of an underwater scene with seaweed & sand.
If you don't like it send it to me before you burn it! I already have a frame picked out!;) :clap:

pampe
03-26-2003, 05:09 PM
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This worked really well for you, Ruth!

nice!

pampe
03-26-2003, 05:09 PM
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very "al"

very yummy

al22
03-26-2003, 10:10 PM
Originally posted by pampe
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very "al"

very yummy

Thanks, Pam....... I really like those long formats........
.........al

Astur
03-27-2003, 01:37 AM
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Hi:

my try with three colors (Cobalt Blue Ultramarine, Madder Lake Deep Red and Gamboge Yellow) freely inspired in some Vencia pics. Is 11x16" aprox on Guarro paper

rapolina
05-20-2003, 11:01 AM
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very gorgeous!
which 3 colors did you use?

ciao, rapolina.:)

rapolina
05-20-2003, 11:03 AM
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lovely! I like the color suddivision left/right, linked by the sky.
rapolina.

rapolina
05-20-2003, 11:04 AM
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very great style for flowers!
ciao, rapolina.

rapolina
05-20-2003, 11:05 AM
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wonderful!!!
:clap: :clap: