Painting on Location
by Donald A. Jusko

Kaupo Heart Painting, Maroger Oil Medium

Transparent Primary Triad Colors

Dec 7 2004
1:00 start, Maroger Kaupo Heart, primary color painting.
2:30 Old Holland Indian yellow O/s Lake Extra and Daniel Smith's Quin magenta PR122.
2:45 Grumbacher Thalo Blue PB15.3 glaze in foreground.
3:20 stop.
I'm expecting Maroger to do well and tomorrow by 12:00 be dry and un-moveable. Like alkyd does in 3 hours. I have a mix ready with more litharge in it if I need it. Light is coming from the side now starting to fill in the heart with shadow. I don't want that, I want the clouds to surround the heart with dark and the waterfall to break it in two like a broken heart. I saw it twice today.

11:30 sunny, the heart is clouded in, the cloud line is too low.
12:10 still no heart in sight
12:52 Yesterday's dried Maroger does not lift off with turp easily.
1:30 Start getting side shadows, saw 1/2 of heart correctly, the bottom half. It's easy to see the heart dark with light surrounding it.
1:53, the blues are getting bolder. Maroger blends very well.
2:22, I haven't seen the mountain top today.
2:48, If you thin down the Maroger gel, keep it stirred, the lead settles to the bottom, it works well just squeezed out of the tube on the palette.
2:56, Sun from the side is burning my leg. I think 11:30 is the time to start.

10:17 start, it's already clouded in, at 9:00 it was clear.
12:15 stop, it's the morning image that I want, that's the only time the clouds are above the heart. That's our winter weather.

8:06, already clouded in at the tip of the mountain, I just missed it. The heart is lit from the side and shows a dark crack where I will have the waterfall from day one.
The oil palette is easy to scrape clean because of the acrylic gesso surface. I'm worried about all the artists today using acrylic primed canvases for oil painting.
Maroger's is beautiful, like my best painting combination of oils, 50 parts stand oil, 25 parts raw cold pressed, 25 parts sun dried, 1/16 wax, which is also great in thin layers. Lead is a great drying metal, and in Maroger's it's transparent.

Cobalt drier browns more than linseed oil as this 5 year test below shows.

cobalt drier time test

The balance is just right in this Maroger's gel, I can remove yesterday's work with turpentine and leave the day before that alone. There is a noticable difference between the two layers. That's a good point when your working layers. 12:53, Never saw the heart light up. I have simplified the farground, when the correct lighting shows up for the heart I'll know which ridge edges should get sunlight.

I moved the heart and enlarged the head of this cliff. Changes are easy and very blendable, it took an hour.


Last night the weeds got cut and changed my view. So I changed my picture. Another big change happened when another heart appeared.

Notice the chalk lines drawn on the dry mountain. In oils it's rare to be able to do this. In acrylics it's a normal technique.


I hate to lose the whole top of the mountain to the clouds but it's the only why I've scene this simularcrumb natural image.

Tomorrow I'll give the clouds some color and shape.

The new foreground will be dry to work on.


Today for the first time I saw the myth I had heard about. There were hearts on the mountain, not just one. I made the sketch of light and dark patterns on my notepad.

The heart is not lit up too brightly here in this photo, but I know now what is possible.


Kaupo Heart #1,

The titanium white I laid on with a knife in the sky yesterday wasn't dry for me to work on. So I worked more on in the foreground.

I'm going to capture the light in the tunnel.

kaupoheart11day 7
Kaupo Heart #1,

Another day of big changes, I cleaned the vines off the red of the century plant. The magenta I have painted in will get a wash of transparent yellow to make it red. So there was a lot of work done in the foreground.

Kaupo Heart #1,

12-15-04, finished.

day 8, kaupoheartfin600

New small painting I did while painting the larger one above.


3:30, 5.5x7.5 second painting Kaupo Heart #2, primary color painting.
45 minutes, I wanted to catch where all the streams were, it was raining on top above the clouds.

When using just 3 colors mixing time is a big factor.
The more colors, the more time spent mixing them.



9:30, third painting of the heart in the transparent primary colors. Two hours.
There was nothing I could do on the larger painting today. Except let it dry. Because there is mastic in the media the next layer will stick and I won't have to worry about unequal shrinking rates like with just linseed oil.

12-12-04, 9:30, I'm using the Red, Yellow Blue palette today. Cad yellow light, cad red light, French ult. blue and white.

Poor greens, it's that same green you get when you mix black and yellow. Clean blues, no cyan, good yellow, chalky orange, no magenta, dirty purple.
Orange and cobalt blue are opposites. Dark cobalt blue looks similar to ultramarine blue, the opposition is close enough to work making a dark neutral but it's delicate.

I missed my cyan that's for sure. This opaque RYB triad taught in schools is sad compared to the transparent yellow, magenta and cyan palette.



10:30, photographed two dark hearts, they show up all the time.

Start the 4th painting of the heart in the primary colors.
11:25, half covered, this will be a lit heart.
12:17, 75% covered.
12:25, still 75% covered.
1:19, still only 75% covered.
2:11, finished, 3.5 hours.

These links are to other 3 primary color paintings, the pigments are:

Dry Pigments;
Indian yellow PY153 from Zecchi,
Magenta PR122 from Sennelier,
Cyan PB15.3 from Senopia.

Food Coloring
The Easter Egg Coloring 6-pack.

Oil Paints,
Old Holland Indian Yellow Orange-side,
Daniel Smith Quinacridone Magenta PR122,
Grumbacher Thalo Blue, cyan PB15.3

Water Colors,
Daniel Smith's New Gamboge is PY153 Nickel Dioxine, the Indian Yellow Orange/s pigment. I don't like the name.
PY150 Nickel Dioxine is the Indian Yellow Brown/s pigment.
Daniel Smith's w/c Quinacridone Magenta PV202 is more to the cyan side.
Grumbacher Thalo Crimson PV19 is more to the warm side.
The most stable and magenta matching pigment is PR122.
Grumbacher Thalo Blue PB15

Children painting with Food Coloring Colors First Grade learning the primary colors.
3 color examples Painting with the three transparent primary colors as washed and opaque colors.
Lime Water Media 75 sq. foot Buon Fresco, three permanent primary colors.
Lime Water Medium Buon Fresco #1, three permanent primary colors.
Lime Water Medium Buon Fresco #2, three permanent primary colors.
Maroger Medium Hana Paintings with Maroger's Medium, three permanent primary colors.
Maroger Medium The Kaupo Hearts, Black Oil painting in , three permanent primary colors.
Egg Tempera Medium Still Life, three permanent primary colors.
Water Color Painting with, three permanent primary colors.
Copal Medium with the RCW 3 Color Wheel

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