Our still life subjects are two distinctively different hues so we choose a harmony off of the color wheel which contains matches for the most obvious colors. In this case yellow-orange and yellow-green.
We have selected a tetrad harmony of yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-violet and red-violet. First I make a grid to tune into mixing and hue potential.
Some of my colors come directly out of the tube and some are mixed. I use cad yellow medium for yellow-orange, mix of cerulean and cad yellow light for yellow-green, mix of ultramarine and ultra violet for blue-violet and permanent rose for red-violet. The tubes shown are from several manufacturers and of different quality. Winton is a student grade Windsor and Newton product. Williamsburg and Gamblin are fine quality USA paint and Old Holland a very established very fine quality paint.
This exercise requires lots of mixing, measuring and eyeballing…make sure you have a nice big surface upon which to mix paints. This grid does not include tints. You will however be mixing tints for the still life painting.
Almost every hue here is mixed. Just a few dabs of pure yellow-green are apparent. With oil paint we layer from background to foreground so begin by roughing in background….you should not leave the background until the end!