Cerulean Blue – my love hate relationship

23 May

There is nothing simple about Cerulean or caerulean blue.  You can even spell it two ways!

True, it is a desirable colour as it is the colour of a Maritime sky in the spring – how poetic.  Just looking at my  Arches bright white 300lb paper I can “see” how the sky will look. I know in my mind which pigments to mix to get the perfect color.  And the dominant color blue – cerulean of course!

Although in the back of my mind I felt an inkling of caution I choose to completely ignore it.  You know, the little voice you sometimes hear. And as I lovingly applied the first large wash.  I still ignored the inkling.

As the paint started to dry, I remembered. I remember what completely frustrates me about the lovely cerulean.  It granulates as it dries.  Great for a knit sweater or for a cloudy or a foggy sky.  But not for the true blue Maritime sky in the spring with not a whisper of a cloud.

And so, what did I do?  Why I applied another wash of course.  And you know what it did?  Yep, it granulated.  So you know what I did?  Turned the paper sideways and did it again – thought I could somehow swith the grain. And you know what it did…. (insert definition of insanity here…“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”
― Albert Einstein)

So five washes later.  To the point where I was not waiting for it to completely dry and well, the paper puckered and the effect was more pronounced… and some of teh paint started to lift and still I was not about to give up.

I figured our how to fix it.  I used a bit of cobalt blue, cerulean blue and transparent acrylic mixing white! And I think I fixed it. The last wash evened out the tone and I feel ok to move forward… more to follow soon….

I am not a quitter!


2 Responses to “Cerulean Blue – my love hate relationship”

  1. maxine wolodko May 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    Ooh. I am loving this. All your work on the blue has paid off – it looks great!

    • Helen Shideler May 24, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

      Thanks Maxine – I am a bit worried it may be too dark!

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