I am convinced that love is the most durable power in the world. It is not an expression of impractical idealism, but of practical realism. Far from being the pious injunction of a Utopian dreamer, love is an absolute necessity for the survival of our civilization. To return hate for hate does nothing but intensify […]
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The elements – fire, water, earth and air – are the focus of Pixar Animation Studios’ upcoming movie, Elemental. The film journeys alongside two characters, Ember and Wade, a fire elemental and a water elemental live in “a city where fire, water, land, and air-residents all live together”. The fiery young woman, Ember, and the […]
A selection of stunning pictures of the water lily harvest in Vietnam, captured by Pham Huy Trung, a talented Vietnamese photographer based in Ho Chi Minh City.
Source: CEO-founder of Visualflood. A Brazilian fine art photographer, among other things, who loves visual arts, nature, science, and innovative technologies. You can follow him on Facebook and Instagram.
Painters today have more pigments to choose from than any other artists in history. They can buy traditional, historical varieties that Rembrandt would recognize, such as siennas and ochres, or 20th-century innovations like phthalocyanines and quinacridones—pigments with an intensity that would have startled even the color-loving Impressionists. Despite this abundance, many artists and art educators endorse the use of a restricted “limited” palette as a way to develop coherent, harmonious, and personal paintings.
Limited palettes are great learning tools. Students are often taught to paint in monochrome, using only a dark brown or black pigment, plus white. This allows them to focus on accurate shapes, degrees of light and dark—called “values” or “tones”—and paint application, without the additional complexity of color. By mastering these austere palettes, students build a strong foundation for the later introduction of color.
A more contemporary monochromatic approach involves using black and white, plus another color. In this example, phthalocyanine blue is introduced to produce a work of tonal accuracy that transcends the academic flavor of a strict black-and-white exercise.
Palettes with one warm and one cool pigment
To add more versatility to their palettes, painters may choose to select one warm and one cool pigment, plus white. In this example, burnt sienna and ultramarine blue are mixed to create a full tonal range, as well as temperature variations from cool to warm. Color temperature is a useful tool for creating the illusion of depth on the two-dimensional canvas.
Warm colors appear to come forward in a painting, while cool colors are recessive. This effect is visible at the inner and outer parts of the bowl. Both areas are greyed because they contain all three colors of the palette, and they are exactly the same value. Yet mixing a larger amount of burnt sienna into the front of the bowl results in a warm color, while mixing more ultramarine into the inner bowl makes it cool.
Notice how the warmer mixture appears closer to the front of the picture plane, while the cooler color recedes into the middle ground. This effect, added to the use of value changes, can create works that convey both form and space.
The Zorn palette
Limited palettes aren’t just for beginner painters. Many professional artists limit the number of pigments that they work with. Perhaps the artist who is most well-known for doing this is Anders Zorn, a Swedish painter active during the late 19th and early 20th centuries who developed a color palette that bears his name. This self-portrait from 1896 was created with the four-color “Zorn palette,” which you can also see him holding in the painting.
Anders Zorn, Self-portrait withModel, 1896. Courtesy of Nationalmuseum.
Though scholars have debated the exact colors the artist used, the Zorn palette is often considered to be comprised of yellow ochre, vermilion, ivory black, and white. Some believe he used a cadmium red rather than vermilion; regardless, cadmium red light is a modern substitute for vermillion, which is toxic.
These four pigments are capable of making a full range of color, despite the fact that the palette contains no blue. Ivory black’s bluish undertone allows it to act as blue; it can be mixed with vermillion to create muted purples, and with yellow ochre to suggest green. The Zorn palette is also effective for creating rich dark colors and beautiful greys.
The Zorn palette results in subtle, tonal paintings, but it may not satisfy artists with a passion for color. Even Zorn himself didn’t use it exclusively.
Other limited palettes
Painters who want the potential for both bright color and greyed color can choose from many other limited palettes, each with its own strengths and weaknesses.
For a broad range of color, a simple palette made of saturated red, blue, and yellow pigments, plus white, is key. Whenever pigments are combined, they lose some chroma, so starting with high-chroma colors ensures that your mixtures will be intense.
This color palette combines cadmium red light, ultramarine blue, and cadmium yellow light, plus white. As with the Zorn palette, it can make a version of every hue, but the saturation level is much higher.
Cadmium yellow light mixed with cadmium red light produces clean, high-chroma oranges; mixed with ultramarine, it results in saturated, slightly warm greens. The weakness of this palette is in the purples. It’s excellent for depicting something like these weathered pavers, but incapable of painting the high-chroma purple flowers.
Substituting cool alizarin permanent for the warm cadmium red light results in high-chroma purples that could do justice to the blooms.
However, alizarin would alter the orange scale. Mixing this cool red with cadmium yellow light creates cool terra-cottas and siennas, rather than true orange.
Every three-color primary palette will have some weaknesses in color rendering, and artists who want to be able to achieve pure purples, oranges, and greens will have to add colors to it. One way to address this weakness is by adding a single missing pigment, such as green or orange, or by choosing to use a six-color split primary palette instead.
The six-color palette contains warm and cool versions of each of the primaries—red, blue, and yellow. A sample palette may contain cadmium yellow and cadmium yellow light; ultramarine blue and phthalocyanine blue; and cadmium red light and alizarin permanent.
Charting the greens alone shows the broad range of hues—from warm olive to cool lime—that can be achieved with two yellows and two blues. No single green you purchase can achieve such variety.
A painter’s palette is, ultimately, an expression of how they see the world and the colors that they love. By exploring a variety of limited palettes from earthy to intense, painters can discover the combination of colors that best helps them convey their world view.
The Fifth Element is a superhero comic book series with a Zambian teen female lead who battles to save the planet from climate change. The Fifth Element series follows the adventures of 14-year-old superhero Quintessa, a 10th grader in Lusaka, Zambia, whose goal is to fight climate change. The comic book series was launched in […]
Who you are on the inside is what matters. Your body, body parts don’t define who you are on the inside! Your body is merely a machine. The energy that is inside of you is what drives the body, form not the body. So this importance we give on how we look and what body parts we have or not has no relevance. A male can be in a female body and a female can be in a male body. It is the soul that you are defined by. A soul is a male and female spiritual energy being as one soul together. We have both feminine and masculine energy beings within us. It is not our job to judge who we are based on the body but to accept and acknowledge who we are and our role that has been chosen for you to play in the microcosm of the macrocosm that serves the greater good.
The soul he or she is the one that chooses what her or his form they want to be. Who are we to judge that? And who gives you the right to judge the form that a Soul, Divine Goddess, God has chosen to express themselves? Hmm? No you don’t have any right. The God is a female and male without one the other does not exist. And a God or a Goddess divine soul can choose whatever form they want to take to express themselves. All we have to do is look within, accept who we are within and then watch the Magick. No one will ever dare to tell you anything. The problem, the fight, the drama arises when we do not accept who we are on the inside. It is not other people’s job to accept us and acknowledge us. It is our job and then others will accept you for who you are. But you cannot go running, screaming, blaming others for not accepting you when you yourself haven’t accepted you or even acknowledged you. They may look at you differently but who cares accept and acknowledge that you are different. And that you have been chosen to be different, to be the change, to bring freedom from this limited mindset and to bring awareness and way of being to this planet.
How many of you love animals? Watch nature and are nature lovers? Look at nature and every species in nature. They have the most beautiful colorful bodies one can ever imagine that God the male and female goddess have created. Because nothing can be created or manifested single handedly. A female is spiritual form of a soul and a male is a physical form of a soul and together creation happens. So if you tell me there is just one God yes in my awareness the god is male and female so yes one God. But if you tell me there is just one male God then I would have to say we should not have the moon? Only sun. Why do we have a moon and a sun, day and night? Sun represents the male and moon represents the female. If you think a God is a male and he created everything is because he is the manifestor but the creator is the goddess, the female. So no a male God cannot create. And so which God are you following and listening to? Certainly not the one who is part and consort of the divine feminine. The one. All of them are divinely created and manifested by the God. The God that is spiritual and physical as male and female.
It is for my duty to serve that I am born. We are here to serve by accepting, acknowledging who we are, walk by example and to enjoy being who we are on the inside. Not to wreck our world but to live and be the freedom of expression.
Teenagers in northern Nigeria are aiming to “change the narrative” by making sci-fi films with their smartphones. The Kaduna-based teens, known as The Critics Company, learned how to create science fictions special effects and film on YouTube. The Kaduna-based film-makers made their first film, ‘Redemption’, in 2016, after saving up for a month to buy […]