Colour Mixing Recipe for Acrylics – My take on the primary colours

The painting I’m working on at the moment has turned into an homage to childhood. I say “turned into” because as with much of my art, meaning has emerged as the piece progresses rather than being consciously imbued from the beginning. The colours in today’s recipe “Just Taller Children”, is the colour scheme I’ve chosen for this painting. “Just Taller Children” is a lyric from a David Bowie song, and it pretty much sums up how I feel about being a grown up.Colour Mixing Recipe

For me, all three primary colours together is The colour scheme of childhood. As you can see, I’ve put my own particular spin on each colour, muting them considerably from the traditional clean, bright primary colours we associate with children’s things. An interesting side-note: I used to think it unlikely that my art would ever be suitable to be used in a children’s book because I’m not into bright and clean. That is, until I took a look through the children’s book section in a few book stores in France. Apparently French children have a rather more sophisticated colour sense. It gives me hope.

Happy colour mixing! Do let me know how you get on if you try your hand at these acrylic recipes!

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