6.7.14

Triad Method Oil Palette Study


'Deer Trail' Oil on canvas 11"x14", Minaz Jantz
'Deer Trail' Oil on canvas 11"x14", Minaz Jantz
'Living Craft: A Painters Process', by Tad Spurgeon, is for anyone who is seriously interested in studying everything to do with the craft of oil paint, mediums, and insight to historical styles in 300 jammed packed pages.
Tad Spurgeon  also offered on his website  techniques and the detailed results of various mediums he has mixed from scratch giving the reader the formulas to making our own mediums.

Researching the various paint palettes of the masters, in Tad Spurgeon's book, chapter: METHODS; I  gleamed over all the various historical palettes such as the French 19th Century palette, the Impressionist palette, the Modern Day palette and many more combinations of colors used by painters, and then went on line to GOOGLE the various artists to see their palette choices in their form of expression.


I spent a whole day reading Tad's informative website, then ordered his book....amazing collection of articles to read online and in his book...its a gem! I like Tad's humor and how he personalizes his writing so you feel you get to know him. I emailed him and he was very personable and said I could contact him anytime for questions...thats cool!

I took one of my fall photos as an inspiration and experimented with one of the palettes of John Carlson Triad Palette. John was an American Impressionist (1875-1947)...read more about John Carlson here.

Thumbnail sketches, notes and value studies
Thumbnail sketches, notes and value studies
Making some plans for my next painting 'Deer Trail' I take the time to do small thumbnail drawings (2 inch x 2 inch), I try out various value placements using the NOTAN method which helps to plan out harmonies, color balances, and movement, using only black and white shapes.  I also work out my value ranges and what kind of FEELING and DRAMA I want to evoke on the viewer.

I spent a day painting out charts and decided to do this with every painting for hands on references.



At a liquidation center, I found bargain priced gloss photo paper that is card stock. I tried painting with oils on it and it works awesome for my experimental paint palettes and the oils do not soak through on the other side of the paper. I have a page binder punch to make my references into tidy booklets with clear covers and plastic binder coils. I find more uses for that thing like recipes, knitting patterns etc. I print off the web.

Part of me wants to rush ahead and skip these preparation steps and get to painting but the teacher that lives inside me says take time and make it a learning process. I learn so much more by setting myself up like an art school who might assign lessons that will help me to remember what I have done.


I decided for my 'Deer Trail' painting, I would give John Carlson's Triad Palette a try by using 3 colors per palette, and there will be 3 palettes (9 colors all together not including white & black). First layer uses only the earthy dark tones setting the stage for the brighter warm hues that brings in the sunshine and the last set of hues is cool bright colors brings the shadows to reflect the colors from the areas with less sunlight.


Here are the examples of my paint palettes on PHOTO GLOSS card stock paper..

First Layer: 
Transparent Earth Color Triad:
Raw Sienna, Indian Red, Ivory Black, Titanium White
First layer is transparent, using no medium, raw sienna, Indian red, titanium white and ivory black. I block in the whole painting with these paint choices and notice that Rembrandt, would have stayed using these choices for the whole of his painting. BUT since today we have so much more to chose from...this selection of hues are for the under painting.

Earth Color Triad Palette Sample
Earth Color Triad Palette Sample
Earth Color Triad Palette Sample
Earth Color Triad Palette Sample
                        
First block in oil with the Earth Triad hues
First block in oil with the Earth Triad hues

2nd Layer: 
Warm Bright Triad palette:
Indian Yellow, Cadmium Red, French Ultramarine, Ivory Black and Titanium White
2nd Layer:  Warm Bright Triad palette:
Warm Bright Triad Palette Sample
Warm Bright Triad Palette Sample
Warm Bright Triad Palette Sample
               
Warm Bright Triad moves the composition  forward and brings a sense of sunlight to the scene.
Warm Bright Triad moves the composition 
forward and brings a sense of sunlight to the scene.

3rd Layer: 
Cool Bright Triad Palette:
Transparent Yellow, Bright Red, Cerulean Blue, Ivory Black & Titanium white.

3rd Layer:  Cool Bright Triad Palette:
Cool Bright Triad Palette Sample
Cool Bright Triad Palette Sample
Cool Bright Triad Palette Sample

Cool Bright Triad: Close-up
Cool Bright Triad: Close-up


Cool Bright Triad moves parts of the composition  to the shadows and background.
Cool Bright Triad moves parts of the composition
 to the shadows and background.
'Deer Trail', oil on canvas 11"x 14" 


I learned a lot from this method of painting 'Deer Trail' and it helped me to plan cools and warms in their separate stages &  individual palettes. Its so magical to see it develop into a jewel like painting. Photography does not show the subtle nuances and is darker along the edges naturally but if I posted it that way, you would just see a blob of dark so I lightened it up so you could see the earths, warm and color palettes better.

My intention with the painting was to give the viewer the feeling they are walking from the dark earthy woods, following the deer trail out into the grassy area and beyond. I take my little dog Ziggy out for walks everyday and his favorite explorations are following the deer trails.

Next painting I will try another palette selection and look forward to the magic it creates!

See you on the other side of the trail!....Minaz

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