Here is a recent inquiry I received from a fellow artist: "I, like you, have been lucky enough to be in ProvenceÂ during Lavender season, and i have been back several times. My questionÂ is....that color of "blue" on the shutters and doors you see everywhere...what color is that, and how can I mix it.Â William AlexanderÂ got me hooked on painting several years ago, and I even have my own MtÂ Ste. Victoire hanging in my house.Â Any help you have with this color isÂ greatly appreciated.Â Thanks in advance. -JH"
To which I replied:
"Hi JH- could you be more specific? I've seen a particular blue/gray and also a more vivid blue in the shutters. But both are a challenge to mix. If you use pure local color, the shutters tend to look too bright and candy-like. However, I've had some success with mixing combinations of Rembrandt's Sevres Blue + Cobalt Blue + white and a *touch* of cadmium orange to gray it down as needed. How much of each in the combination depends on the value and hue of the shutter. Try that and see what you think."
...And here's my own bit of experimenting with just that very challenge:
"The Little Shop on the Corner" Roussillon, Provence, France Oil on Canvas, 16x20"