|"Primarily Petals" 8x8 oil on Linen- SOLD|
I'm a colorist (rather than a tonalist) so I can appreciate the power and energy of the bold primary triad—particularly reds. However, I more naturally gravitate toward the secondary triad (orange, green, and violet) probably because I love greens so much. So this was an interesting challenge for me.
Quick reminder that you can use a wide range of reds, blues, yellow pigments for a primary triad painting. I’ve noted a few of these “winning combos” before, but here are just a few ideas (plus white of course to help stretch your value range) that would work in your favorite painting medium.
- Permanent Rose, Lemon Yellow, Cobalt Blue
- Cad Red Light, Cad Yellow Light, Ultramarine Blue
- Alizarin Crimson, Yellow Ochre, Cerulean Blue
- Indian Red, Indian Yellow, Ivory Black
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Versus the high intensity primary triad Franz Marc's Red Horses.
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For this week's challenge, I bought intense red-orange sunflowers at the grocery store (one of my favorite spots to shop for affordable still life subjects). So I knew red would be my dominant color. Then blue followed by a few notes yellow (which is such a strong color that you often don’t need much to make an impact. ) Looking for more primary triad inspiration for your art? Just type “primary triad” or “red, yellow, blue color” into Pinterest and you’ll discover dozens of interesting combinations. Happy (primary) painting!