Less shades of grey

There's an old saying: "You can never have too much fun", and that certainly applies to playing with colour.

Here are some colour swatches I painted using our extended palette:

Extended palette at Inglis Academy. Image © 2017 Peter Inglis
Our extended palette of Derivan Student Acrylic.

In the centre are two greys which we use to tone the canvas. Those of you who have already painted with me will notice they are respectively less warm and less cool than what we used previously. Basically they are more grey!

They also have more body than the previous tone which was very thin, like a watercolour in consistency. I noticed that everybody needs more experience in just moving the paint gently around the canvas, so using a tone with our normal paint consistency will give us a chance to get some quality brush-time in.

At your coaching session you will also notice that most of the equipment in the room is painted this cool grey. This has two benefits:

  1. It removes visual distractions. Even the colour of a pine wood easel is quite a bright mixture of warm tones!
  2. A grey background makes our colours "pop" more, as you can see by the appearance of these colour panels on my cool grey table.

For your reference, the colours from bottom left are:

  1. Cool Red
  2. Red Ochre
  3. Warm Grey (my mixture)
  4. Orange
  5. Yellow Ochre
  6. Warm Yellow
  7. Cool Yellow
  8. Cool Grey (my mixture)
  9. Cerulean Blue
  10. Pthalo Blue

And here is your basic palette:

  1. Cool Red
  2. Orange
  3. Yellow Ochre
  4. Warm Yellow
  5. Pthalo Blue
  6. (White)

Use this page as a guide when you go paint shopping and remember to buy Derivan Student Acrylic.