I am completely stumped. For the life of me, I cannot match this color. I am working from life. Yes, this is a bra.
Every color I hold up looks gray brown. Even black (just ultramarine blue and burnt umber) looks gray.
The problem is, I'm going to paint the background black, obviously. I can't see how to darken this color any more.
I have balanced my whites, and I'm just confused as to why I can't make this color. In Mark's video on studio light, he recommends painting a canvas black and says if it looks gray, your studio light is too bright. I did that, and my canvas looks black, not gray. Therefore I don't think the lights are too bright.
I'm using everything Mark recommends, and this is my third painting. I've finished penciling and I'm now trying to color mix. Using his slow-drying medium recipe and Windsor Newton Artist Oil colors, I'm wondering if I'm doing something wrong. The paint is very translucent (to me). I don't know what this translucence would really have to do with not being able to mix that dark color. Maybe I'm trying to say I think there's not enough pigment there to bounce the light or something.
I also tried mixing the brightest color and dirtying it down to get there. It still looked gray. I'm guessing because the bright color (which I could match perfectly) was red + white, and the white couldn't be removed.
This is alizarin crimson + Mark's slow-dry medium painted purely on the color checker, and the color checker without anything painted on. Is this as it should be?
What color looks like on my glass palette:
Thanks as always for your help. Your encouragement has kept me going.