Experimenting with color opposites and near opposites is a fun way to create distinctive, harmonious paintings with lively neutrals. I’ve been a big fan of mixing orange and blue. See my free tutorial video: Orange And Blue I Love You.
But this week I’ve been mingling with yellow and purple.
Because alcohol inks are transparent, dry quickly and are so forgiving, they are a great medium for this kind of experimentation.
In case you want to try this at home. The brands and colors I used (L-R):
Ranger – Sunshine Yellow and Purple Twilight
Spectrum Noir - CT2 and LV3
Piñata – Sunbright Yellow and Passion Purple
Dreamscaping, dropping and guiding the inks without pre-planned sketches and without using brushes, on 4″x4″ Yupo, is the process I used to create the paintings below. Don’t like the results, wipe clean with 91% alcohol and try again.
Upper left and lower right were created with Spectrum Noir – I created the lower right painting first and wanted to see if I could create darker values. I used multiple layers of the inks in upper left to achieve those rich, dark tones.
Upper right is Ranger – the red tells me Purple Twilight has a strong red base. Hard to believe this was made by yellow and purple isn’t it?
Lower left is Piñata – The green tint tells me both Sunbright Yellow and Passion Purple are cool in color temperature.
True color opposites will mix to neutral gray which I don’t seem to have found yet. But I do like the colors blends that are being discovered along the way from just mixing yellow and purple.
Dreamscape No. 384, 4×4
© June Rollins
Here is the one of the above exercises, completed. Dreamscape No. 384, now up for auction in my Daily Paintworks Gallery
Let’s Keep Dreaming