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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Zangle Cove #9

6/6/10 "Zangle Cove #9", 9" x 9", Oil
Limited Palette--Analogous:  Cadmium Yellow, Permanent Green Light, Cadmium Orange, Yellow Ochre, Raw Umber, Titanium White

Who would have thought that a palette of yellows would more nearly approximate the colors of the Cove on a cloudy, misty day than greens and blues and grays?  And who would have thought that raw umber could look blue?  The blue in the water is raw umber and white.  These types of palette experiments show without a doubt that color is relative.


  1. Kathryn, these are fascinating studies and lovely paintings as well. I think the idea that we see the colors we paint has some merit. I can't wait to try some of this myself. Thanks!

  2. Your work is really wonderful and this limited palette study is so inspiring.