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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Spotlight: Constable's Outdoor Painting Materials

Constable, Dedham Lock and Mill, 1811

This month, Spotlight takes a look at the outdoor painting materials of John Constable through the Gurney Journey blog. You can see examples of work, details of boxes and colours, notes, grounds, and a list of links for further reading.

Here's the LINK.

As a side note, if you're interested in trying out Constable's palette then you'll have to make a few changes due to colour availability (and toxicity!). While the umbers and ochres are the same now as then, here are some suggestions of colour swaps (I'm using Winsor and Newton designations):

Colour: Vermilion
Replace with: Cadmium Scarlet
Why: Toxicity, although Vermilion (PR106) is still available but more expensive than Cadmium

Colour: Emerald Green
Replace with: Phthalo Green (Blue Shade) + Cadmium Lemon + White (or Winsor Emerald)
Why: Toxicity, mixing issues

Colour: Madder
Replace with: Alizarin Permanent (although Permanent Madder Deep from Rembrandt is also an excellent replacement)
Why: Fugitive colour

Colour: Chrome Yellow
Replace with: Cadmium Yellow Pale
Why:  Cadmium is less toxic and more permanent

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