Wednesday, April 6, 2011


I find rust tricky to paint. Maybe because I don't paint it very often. (I have painted some really old elephants, but they weren't rusty.)

For the dark rust in the shadow, I found Burnt Sienna with a touch of VanDyke Brown or Raw Umber worked well. For the lighter orange I used a combination including Cad. Orange, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, and Titanium White.

The non-rusty sections in shadow are a clean blue (Titanium White, Cerulean Blue, and Ultramarine Blue.)

Since I don't wash my brush in turpentine before switching colors, often I have remnants of other colors on my brush. Many times I will do a large section of a painting with just 2 or 3 brushes. This helps the colors appear more unified with many colors having bits of others in them. If I paint a dark area and move to a lighter area, I will wipe off as much paint as I can with a paper towel so it doesn't get too muddy. For areas that need to be drastically lighter, I will splurge and grab a clean brush.

1 comment:

Terry Miller said...

Ah, this is coming together so nicely, Linda. What a gem it is going to be. Someone is going to snatch it up fast.