Anybody who glances at my body of work will notice all of the blue! I’ve always preferred cooler colors like purple and blue over warm ones like red and yellow. Blue is a staple in my beach paintings. It’s true that I can get a wonderful array of shades from just two main colors: Pthalo Blue and Ultramarine. These colors are truly indispensable on my palette.
Let’s look at them for a second, shall we?
Now Ultramarine has a pretty good tinting strength, not to mention a beautiful luster under your studio lights! It is a warm blue, which means it leans more toward purple. It is wonderful for painting warmer skies and mixing with various reds to achieve striking violets. Ultramarine is also good for painting the shadows on clouds. When mixed with some Cadmium Yellow light, you will get a warm Sap Green, albeit one that is a little duller than if you mixed the yellow with Pthalo.
Pthalo Blue is probably my favorite color to work with! But new users beware–it has an extremely dangerous tinting strength. One speck will turn a puddle of white into a strong blue! So make sure you don’t use too much of it when mixing with other colors. On its own, however, it is brilliant to behold. Pthalo Blue is perfect for any ocean color you could want, for bright blue skies, and for mixing awesome greens that lean towards yellow. This is because the color leans more towards yellow already.
So which color is better? Well, that depends on the artist using it. My answer is neither one is better, because they are both EXCELLENT!
If you are a landscape or seascape artist, gives these blues a try. You will not be disappointed. In my opinion, these are the two most essential blues available on the market.
Here are some new 3-D beach paintings I’ve been working up in the studio. The top painting has more Ultramarine while the bottom one has more Pthalo Blue. To view them on my artist shop, visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/RKBeachPaintings
What is your favorite color to paint with? I’d love to hear from you.
Until next time, let’s bring some color into the world!