While preparing for the recent watercolor demonstrations I’ve been doing, I cut open the tube of Cadmium Red Deep that I never use. I don’t use it because I think it is as ugly as Cadmium Red Light is beautiful. After making the Color Scheme Game color wheel using Cad Red Deep as my primary red, I discovered the potential of beauty within that color I deemed as ugly.
This limited palette of raw sienna, cadmium red deep and ultramarine blue produces lovely neutrals. The watercolor demos are over for the next two months, but I continue to use this odd palette. In fact, I have replaced a dozen of the paintings I originally planned to hang in the upcoming solo exhibit at Connexions Gallery with new paintings created with this palette. I can’t help but be reminded of the story The Ugly Duckling.