The first element of this exercise made use of a couple of the dry pages from Exercise 4. My choice was to aim to paint a violet wash onto dry ultramarine, and an ultramarine wash onto dry violet.
Comparing this with the result of the wet-on-wet ultramarine-violet/violet-ultramine exercise, my feelings are that it is not such a subtle blend as the wet-on-wet colour washes. Although you can see the effect of the colour laid on top here, it is not as easy to control the blend, but it does show a ‘hint’ of the overlay, more so on the lighter wash than on the darker scale. The advantage, though, of overlaying a new colour(s) onto a dry different coloured background would seem to be that you can begin to build more depth into the image without ‘moving’ the original colour around too much.
I then followed this up (Playing with washes 1) with the second element of mixing transparent colour using various pigments such as mid-yellow on ultramarine (kind o’ green!), and then the same on a darker ultramarine background with a violet wash on top (mostly dominant ultramarine with some greenish streaks!).
Playing with washes 2 shows a wee bit more robust use of colour, with some depth to the image (although the ‘photo doesn’t do it justice). There’s not much sign of the mid-yellow which has been ‘sucked’ into the ultramarine/vermillion mix.
I then had a go at a slightly more ambitious attempt – a ‘tetrad’ of washes, using two sets of complementary colours – blue and orange / red and green. My mind went back to my Clydeside days as a younger man, recalling some of the riverside icons that I was familiar with being born and brought up in Glasgow. This image is purely an imaginary recollection and shows no real resemblance to the actual crane – but why should it?
As a reference point, there is also an image of the real Finnieston Crane (below) on the river Clyde.
My final attempt shows a wee bit more subtle approach to blending colours. Harking back to my exercise 1-3 landscape images, I chose to try out a basic landscape image on a dry ultramarine graded wash background, using a violet wash on the lower section and then building green hillscape and yellow-green/red mix to brown as foreground interest.