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winecountry
11-13-2011, 03:32 PM
For my seascapes I'm on the hunt for a very transparent yellow, preferably not too green or too warm...something centered.

I've been using cads but they are so opaque, I can make them work, but it takes a lot

maybe a Lemon yellow, but what brand? or maybe you use one you like

thanks for the help

Monica1
11-13-2011, 03:53 PM
I'm also looking for a transparent yellow.
I've been looking up the pigments on that handprint site.
There is a big list of yellows, and I see some transparent yellows worth looking into. Maybe someone can chime in!

http://www.handprint.com/HP/WCL/watery.html

sidbledsoe
11-13-2011, 04:15 PM
You might like winsor newton artists transparent yellow (http://www.dickblick.com/items/00461-4553/) pigment is PY128.
Any PY3 pigment oil color will be transparent, Winsor newton's is Winsor Lemon.
I also like Lukas Lemon Yellow (primary) which is another PY3 paint.

karenlee
11-13-2011, 04:26 PM
I've used Winsor Newton's Winsor Yellow (PY 74) and Mussini Translucent Yellow (PY 150). I have also used Winsor Newton Transparent Yellow (PY 128), but it is not as smooth handling and it is a very very very slow drier. Old Holland Scheveningen Yellow (PY 74) also looks like one I should try to compare to Winsor Newton:
http://www.dickblick.com/items/00495-4090/#colorswatch

Alan P. in OC
11-13-2011, 04:58 PM
I use Michael Harding Lemon Yellow and Yellow Lake (http://www.dickblick.com/products/michael-harding-artists-oil-colors/).

They're both transparent, esp. yellow lake, but that's stronger and warmer than lemon.

winecountry
11-13-2011, 05:06 PM
thanks all. I love the Harding oils, and that lake sounds perfect...I'll try the lukas , don't usually use that grade, but I need it weak so that might work too. it's on sale right now.

Tried the lemon yellow I have, holbein...it works fine too...but a warmer one would be great to test.

stapeliad
11-13-2011, 07:56 PM
I was also going to say WN's transparent yellow but Sid beat me to it.
Indian Yellow (WN again) is also an excellent choice.

winecountry
11-13-2011, 08:08 PM
thanks Jessica....I've tried Indian and it turns really yuck for water , would be fine in landscape I think.

stapeliad
11-13-2011, 08:37 PM
Hi Colleen, yep I use it sometimes in landscape. Try the WN transparent yellow, its super nice.

WFMartin
11-14-2011, 01:07 PM
I use W & N Transparent Yellow 653 (PY128) for nearly every flower painting that I do. I found it interesting that that specific pigment seems difficult to obtain, and the only other brand I've found offering it is Rembrandt. There are other transparent yellows, but this is the closest I've found to plotting close to true, "Yellow" on a scientific color wheel. Transparent colors (in general) are extraordinarly useful for creating super-darks when mixed with each other.

kittierue
11-14-2011, 02:55 PM
Doak's has a very nice transparent yellow. works just like a glaze.