You want to mix a purple, so you grab your red and blue. Correct? But then you mix your colors and it is not the purple you want. Why?
I have heard many artists – no matter the medium they use – complain that they do not know how to mix a bright purple. There are three main reasons, IMHO.
- Painters are not consciously aware of the color bias of their reds and blues.
- Too many painters have alizarin crimson on their palettes.
- Painters do not know the significant role complementary colors play when mixing all colors ….it is not embedded into their brains.