I do not like any of the yellow paints I have been using... cadmium yellow light, medium, deep... and hansa yellow. The problem for me is the transparency. I often paint on a canvas I have primed with a mix of black gesso, purple,blue, and black, and I end up having to use several coats of yellow. Often the yellow areas of my painting are very detailed and it is no easy task to paint a tiny detailed area over and over and have it look as neat as i'd like. So... i'm wondering and experimenting with what I can add to yellow to make it more opaque. I've tried titanium white, but it doesn't make that much of a difference. Even painting yellow over a light background colour, i end up with brush strokes showing, and also having to do several coats.
Now, I love blue... pthalo, prussian, cobalt, ultra-marine, and when I blend these with white, I come out with a beautiful, smooth combination that is perfectly opaque, and usually requires only 2 coats. It seems to go on more smoothly as well and the brush marks seem to disappear.
Purple as well is beautiful... dioxazine purple... mixed with a little titanium white... one coat wonder. :)
I have tried different brands of acrylic paint ... Stevenson, Golden, M.Graham... to see if this would make a difference but haven't found that to be the case with yellow.
Do different pigments blend better? Should I try mixing my own paint with pigment and polymer emulsion? This is a mystery to me. If there are any other artists out there who read this, I would appreciate some feedback.
Mellow Yellow.... I think not.
Liz R. Derksen is an artist living in BC.