The Panda's Picnic

The Panda's Picnic

I like this Linda, I think its great work ---- Try adding burnt umber or a mix of ultra blue and burnt sienna to your greens

Agree completely with Charles there - or you could use my favourite green darkening mix: take viridian green, and mix into it with Permanent Rose (aka Quinacridone Violet, Rose Madder (Quinacridone) and probably by a few other names as well). Of course you're a bit stuck if you haven't actually got those colours, but again I remind you: you CAN mix regular oils with water-solubles. Pthalo Green, if you haven't got Viridian. I don't have black or Payne's Grey on my palette generally - only if I'm painting animals, and not always then, or really can't get the most intense dark any other way; rare occasions when I can't, though. Blacks tend to deaden the painting - which incidentally makes me wonder how you got the black for the Panda's fur? Because whatever you used there has worked well.

Many thanks for the information Charles and Robert. I haven't got burnt umber or burnt sienna in the Water mixable set, so I would need to go to the regular oils for that. I made the "black" from Pthalo Breen (Blue Shade) and Alizarin Crimson.

What a happy panda.

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Oil painting number 2. Again with my beginners set of Water-based paints. I struggled with mixing the dark greens as I had no black or Paynes grey to darken them with.

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Linda Wilson

Since retiring from a career in education and training management, I returned to art after a gap of 40 years. Now I travel was much as I can with my husband and take an enormous amount of photographs, some of which I use as reference photos. Meanwhile, I take a weekly course in portraiture and…

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