Color Spotlight: Perylene Maroon (PR179)

Da Vinci – Perylene Maroon

Perylene Maroon sits somewhere between crimson and earth red, a deep red with a brownish cast; sort of brick-colored. Many artists find it useful to dull greens and blues to make them more realistic landscape tones. I became interested in Perylene Maroon after watching Denise from In Liquid Color paint a pigeon using shades of gray from a mix of Perylene Maroon and Cerulean.

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Color Spotlight: Alizarin Crimson Quinacridone (PV19)

Traditionally, Alizarin Crimson is made from pigment PR83, which is falling out of favor because it is not lightfast. Different companies have different solutions to this, offering colors with names like “Permanent Alizarin Crimson” made from various mixes of lightfast reds. Some artists also mix their own (a popular recipe is Perylene Maroon + Quin … Read more

Color Spotlight: Quinacridone Coral (PR209)

I just love this unique color. It’s a warm pinky red, yellow-toned, but not in orangey way. It truly is coral. It reminds of a cherry Italian soda. It’s a great color for flowers, the inside of a strawberry, and coral of course! Experiment Results Gradient: Bold gradient from a deep, juicy orange-red to pale … Read more

Color Spotlight: Viridian (PG18)

The traditional Viridian pigment, PG18, is one of those classic older chemical pigments invented in the 19th century, around the same time as the cadmiums and chromiums. The name is based on the Latin name veridis, meaning green. This is a granulating cool (blue-toned) green shade. It tends to be low-tinting strength and very liftable. … Read more

Color Spotlight: Green Apatite Genuine

This granulating Primatek color made from real Green Apatite is a similar hue to Sap Green, with interesting green and brown granulation. Like Jadeite, it has a tendency to separate with some strokes being a pale yellowy mint green and some strokes being a gray-brown olive. Experiment Results Gradient: Very wide ranges of values from … Read more

Color Spotlight: Jadeite Genuine

Daniel Smith – Jadeite Genuine

Jadeite Genuine is one of Daniel Smith’s Primatek colors, meaning it’s made from the actual mineral it’s named for: in this case, Jadeite. I tried this one out to see if I might like to use it as a granulating green for foliage and other situations where green texture might be appreciated.

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Artist Palette Profiles: Claire Giordano

I love Claire Giordano’s quick but detailed mountain landscapes and I am a proud student of her Adventure Art Academy. According to her blog, Claire’s palette has changed depending on the landscape where she paints, and I’ve seen a few iterations of it, but this is the one that’s up as of this writing. She … Read more

Color Spotlight: Daniel Smith Serpentine Genuine

Serpentine is a Primatek color, meaning it is make from the actual rock Serpentine. A granulating, earthy yellow-green with sienna flecks. Experiment Results Gradient: A very smooth granulating gradient. The color doesn’t get very dark, but it does go from a vibrant avocado to a pale, muted lime wash. At each one of these steps, … Read more