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.
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