I love Cobalt Violet Light. It radiates a color that cannot be duplicated or achieved by mixing other pigments. It says, ” I don’t give a rat’s rear end how the other colors do it. I do it this way.” Sadly, when mixed with the most commonly used oil paint vehicle, linseed oil, the paint darkens and yellows after about a year. Its sparkle and pizazz gets lost.
Some suggest that Cobalt Violet Light can be stabilized when mixed with zinc white. This is okay if you don’t want the full strength color. But what if you do want that all out sheer veil of violet? It seems that one possibility is to hold off adding your violet until the entire painting is completed and dried. At that point, you can use a pastel stick in whatever hardness will get you the effect you need. Pastels are pure pigment. Impressionist artists used pastels to provide a finishing jolt to their paintings. Try a jolt of Cobalt Violet and live a little!
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