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This work is by Beth Paul.

“My Complicated Color Wheel"

Finished piece approximately 10.5 inches in diameter, Hunt 22 pointed pen nib with W&N gouache on white Canson Mi Tientes paper.

The assignment was to paint a color wheel of primary, secondary and intermediate colors with shades and tints of each. We were given a flower pattern to use but I was inspired to try something different. I was taking Heather Held’s Flights of Fancy Master Class at the same time, and our assignment that week was filling in shapes with flourishes and cartouches. Filling in a circle sounded like it would be a nice way to round out the week but I had to rethink my plan a bit when I realized I would be using 60 colors.

So I stuck with the traditional layout. On a piece of grid paper, I drew a large circle, divided it into 12 wedges for the colors, and drew smaller circles inside to mark where the shades/tints would be. I also made a flourish design for one section of
the wheel to have as a guide. The circle pattern was taped to my light box and the
wedge put in place for the first section to be painted.

I chose white Canson paper because it was the first piece I pulled out of my stash, and I knew all the colors would show up. I very lightly drew lines to show where the colors would go on the page.

I chose to use gouache because I wanted to be able to overlap colors without losing opacity. I put a Hunt 22 pointed nib in my penholder and I was set to go.

Well, almost. There was the matter of mixing the colors. I started with yellow, mixed the shades as instructed, made sure my Canson paper was in place and flourished my first wedge. It went well. So I turned the paper, lined up the flourish pattern on the space for red, mixed up the shades and flourished. Reset my paper and did the blue color. The process got a bit slower after that as I had to mix up purple, green, and orange and then mix the shades of each.

By the time i finished those three colors, I realized the path I was on had gotten complicated. Not only did I have to mix up 6 color combinations, blue and purple, red and orange, green and yellow, etc. to achieve a nice color in between the original colors, I also had to do the same for the shades/tints as well.

I decided it was time to stop for the day. The next morning, I took some deep breaths and started mixing. It took more time than before but the process went well and I finished the wheel with no mishaps. I even took a picture of the sixty colors laid out on my table as a reminder that simple does not always mean less work.



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