I have a fit to pitch about students asking so many questions about mixing paints. When I do a demo, there is one student in every crowd who insists on knowing which paints are not only on my palette, but which paints are in every mixture, and how much of each goes into the mixture. Oh my stars people, please relax. This is not chemistry class. It is not cooking class with recipes. Your knowing exactly which paint goes in which puddle is not going to make you spontaneously combust into Rembrandt (or Julia Child). Here’s what I suggest. Get your little color wheels out. AND LEARN THEM. Know which colors are opposite each other. Know what mixing them together does (THEY NEUTRALIZE). Learn warm verses cool. Learn about tinting strength of each pigment. Here’s a thought: experiment on your own with these things. It is something you must do to become a painter. We cannot spoon feed you this stuff with every laborious stroke you make and we are definitely tired of being blamed for your muddy messes.
And I am going to tell you ONE LAST TIME how to get a flesh tone, and then you can write it on the back of your hand or tattoo it on your forehead (backwards so you can read it in a mirror), and finally, you must simply try it. Mix ANY YELLOW, with ANY RED, and SOME WHITE, and neutralize it with a TOUCH of ANY BLUE OR BLACK, and voila, you have……..caucasian FLESHTONE!!!!!! If it doesn’t look like fleshtone, then ADJUST THE COLORS ON YOUR “SCREEN” FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!!
Was that a bitch-fest or what? I feel much better now though. And next time a student asks about what I am mixing, I am going to send them to the office, to sit at the computer, and read this post.