When I switched from watercolor to oil, the biggest change was mixing colors: I was not aware of this, but my color mixing in watercolor, was very intuitive: I would mix, then if I did not like it, washed my brush and started again until I found something I liked.
One cannot do this in oils: it takes a bit of time to mix the colors, and this process would waste way too much paint. I realized I had no conscious thought of what I was mixing…
For two years now, I have painted almost only portraits… I now know how to get the colors I want for creating skin. But a few weeks ago, when I was trying to make greens and purples, I realized I need to go back to basics: I needed to make color charts. So here I am, making them:
I first started making tints (adding white) to the colors I liked the most: I made a separate page for the blues, the reds, the greens and earth colors.
Then I took viridian, and added other colors to it, that is another chart.
I will keep going like this for quite a few weeks… It is tedious, but I do it as in a meditation.
When I look at the result, I am in awe on how much I am learning. All these charts are hanging on my kitchen walls, waiting to dry! I LOVE being surrounded by all these colors!