- The top row are the hues. I used a permanent red, cadmium yellow and cobalt blue. These were applied directly from the tube. When you think of the word hue, you might say to yourself "the color, straight".
- In the second row are the tints.
sometimes in the decorators trade these are called pastels. Painters use that term only to apply to the medium that is pigments compressed into sticks.
- In the third row are the shades.
When you go to the paint store there are lots of shades in those color chips. The decorators call them neutrals sometimes.
- In the fourth row are the tones.
Some artist and illustrators mix up tints, hues and tones before painting in order to build their paintings in an orderly and predetermined color system. There are extensive ways to use these to build paintings and illustrators are often fond of using premixed tints, tones and shades. I don't work that way, but I sometimes mix these up to do layins and studies. They can be used as a shorthand way of coloring a study for a painting.
There are still places left in the Old Lyme Artsociation workshop for this coming weekend. Old Lyme is one of those historic art places. We will be painting in the same area that Hassam, Metcalf and Ranger worked. The art asoociation is in a wonderful Charles Platt building set next to the Florence Griswold house where the American Impressionist painters came to paint their landscapes. Here is a link to their site that describes the workshop.
I am moving my blog to Wordpress. The new URL address where I soon will be posting new entries is: stapletonkearns-blog.com. You can check it out right now but I am still in the process of moving. There will be a redirect of the URL stapletonkearns.blogspot.com that you are using now and all the links and feeds should still work without your changing anything. I also will leave this blog up just in case.