Here is a remarkable new painting by the artist Samuel Shelton!
The Gift Giver is 24x30 oil on panel using colours from The Tree House.
The skin: I love earth colors and use them excessively in skin tones. Venice Red with black and white are enough to get nearly every purple hue on Caucasian skin. Venice Red and white gave the lovely rose color to her cheeks. Burnt umber and Burnt sienna made beautiful transitions into the deep shadows of Van Dyke, Burnt Umber and Mars Black. The lightest sections are combinations of Yellow Ocher, Raw Sienna and White.
But the color I really want to praise is Ultramarine Violet. I mixed this into both dark and lights to act as muting agent for colors that were too chromatic. This mixed with Burnt Sienna and white makes fabulous mid tone skin color. Ultra Violet mixed with the yellow earths makes a lovely neutral transition color going into bright ocher and white areas, like on the clavicle/sterno mastoid area. Lastly I mixed this with Trans Oxide Red (another workhorse jewel of a color) and glazed this over the dried blue of the pants to deepen and desaturate the blue. Truly a workhorse purple."