I tend to use some colours more than others. I often paint costal landscapes, inspired by the North Norwegian landscape I grew up with in Vesterålen.
Grayish blue with a hint of green is the colour of stormy ocean and clouds. If there is snow involved, the blue deepens to a more steel gray, mixed with really dark tones of blue.
In the summer, the summer nights are vivid and light, with translucent colours of yellow, pink and soft tones of green and turqouise.
The blue colours of the evenings are softer in the early autumns. The old barns, boat houses and abandonded houses are like an old letter from times passed by, with endless variations over earth colours like brown, sepia and grayish tones from the lightest to the darkest.
But now, – to the list…
1 – Paynes Gray
This is a blue colour, with a mixture of gray. Multifunctional, almost always in my paintings of stormy oceans and mountains.
2 – Indigo
Also a blue colour, but more clean, deep blue. A working horse, and one I also use a lot when I paint mountains and oceans, though this colour often goes for my less stormy paintings.
3 – Yellow Ochre
As the name says, this is a yellow colour, but not a bright sunshine yellow. It’s more like a earth yellow, like dry strays and old grass. You also find this colour as small patches on old wood walls, and as yellow flat moss on old stones. Oh, have you ever seen how well this colour goes with the steely gray of stormy, coastal weather? It’s one of my favourite house colours in painting, and by the way; everyone living at coastal areas are really making their house a jewellry for stormy weather by picking this colour for their house..!
4 – Sepia
This is a earth colour, and my wood colour number one. It is soft, dark brownish, not too warm, not too cold. I often use it as a companion
of blue colours, as I think they go together well.
5 -Neutral Tint
Goes ‘oh so well’ to deepen both the two blue colours (number 1 and 2), to make them more stormy, more dark. And it goes well to give white houses shadows and wet appearances.
So there you go, my top 5 favourite paint colours. Now it’s your turn! What colours do you like? I’d love to know, every colours go, it doesn’t have to be a fancy named paint colour either.
I’ve noticed different tones of green have begun seeping into our houses lately, like jotunlady Northern Mystery (I should make a fifth member to my Northern series…!), or Treasure. Do you like green? Or what colours are you considering for your interior nowadays?
Oh, I’d love to see your land some day! Here, there are loads of mountains, fjords and rough coastal landscapes. Pretty opposite to what you have I guess☺️
You’re right! I do!😍🤩
No, I haven’t done any landscapes yet. I’ve only been painting in watercolor since January. Our land is pretty flat except for some ridges. But we have beautiful prairie grasses and skies that are intense.
I can see in your work, that you too love the many colours of blue❤
Wow! I agree sooo much Pia! And you just described it perfectly!😍😍😍 All those blues, – my favourites as well!! Blue is such a vivid colour, and with soo many beautiful variations! Thanks 😊
Oh, I love those colours! Though I don’t tend to use the ultramarine blue very much, the blues here around are often less bright, except for those very few bright summer days. Oh, thinking about it, our midnight sun summer nights tend to have some ultramarine in the colour mix, I should actually be using it more😍 Thanks for reminding me! 🥰 I got curious about the landscapes of Oklahoma. I need to google it! Do you have any paintings of yours to show me? 😃
Blue, in it’s never ending variations. From light blue in the sky to darkest blu in the deep sea or in the sky when the storm is coming. The turquoise ocean in a sunny summerday. Bluegrey as in the ocean and petrol on top of the waves.
I’m just a new painter, and don’t have a really firm sense of what colors I like best. So far, my favorites tend to be those that are abundant in our Oklahoma landscape – Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Sepia and Yellow Ocher. I just discovered Quinacridone Red and love it!