Coming along, looking a bit more natural. When I exclaimed that I had figured out that the sea has never been the color I painted it in Mary of the Sea I and II my Darling told me the sea is different on each of the 365 days. Yes, I said, I can can believe that. But it has never been the color blue I had previously painted it. Thank you National Geographic for providing my new photo references.
This is coming along much better now that I have a color chart with every tube I own. Along with the color chart I wanted to start doing practice painting from photos, which would help me learn more about painting the natural world: water, sky, trees, etc. But I cannot help but paint my own ideas since I have limited painting opportunities. But committed to creating mini color charts for all paintings I do from now on so that I can re-create effects that get botched or accidentally painted over.
What does one do when one does not know a lot about color and wants to make colors in methods other than luck? Answer: complete a scientific study. Here is every tube of Windsor & Newton I own crossed with every tube of Windsor & Newton I own. Wow, I am a really dry writer. Maybe (gasp!) I will learn something about the nuance of color/hue/pigment in the process. The most important thing I have to say in this post is that THIS CHART TOOK 3 DAYS TO MAKE. AHHHHH. But it has already paid off in helping me memorize oil paint names. While reading a rather sophisticated article that prodded the reader to check out how cadmium red medium and burnt umber interacted in a painting I was able to scratch my chin and say "yes, yes, I see." Actively seeing color in an informed manner...priceless.