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Secondary Colour Bias

Rather than exploring a palette of primaries thinking in terms of warm and cool colours, here we explore a palette of 6 primary colours chosen for their secondary hue bias. Winsor Lemon has a secondary bias of green, whilst Cadmium Yellow and Cadmium Red have an orange secondary bias. Permanent Alizarin Crimson and French Ultramarine Blue both have a violet secondary bias and Winsor Blue leans to green, like Winsor Lemon from the start. Mixing primary colours with the same secondary bias will provide you vivid and pure mixes. When you mix colours where the secondary bias clashes, such as creating green from French Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Yellow, you will get an earthier version of green. Using this palette, with white at times, will allow you to create any colour that you need for your painting.