Australian Blue Gum | Matisse acrylic paint

    Chemical Description: Titanium dioxide, Phthalocyanine blue & amorphous carbon

    Pigment Numbers: PW6 PB15.3 PBk9

    Lightfastness Rating: ASTM I

    Pigment Opacity: Opaque

    Paint Opacity: Opaque

    Series 2

    Australian Blue Gum | Matisse Acrylic Paint

    Introduction to Australian Blue Gum


    Australian Blue Gum, a distinct hue in Matisse's array of colours, captures the essence of the unique Australian landscape. Tailored to the needs of landscape painters, especially those with a penchant for contemporary and experimental art, this colour introduces a delightful pale greenish blue to the artist's palette. Comprising a blend of white, Phthalo Blue, and a touch of black, Australian Blue Gum possesses a subdued and gentle quality, evoking a sense of calmness.


    Versatility in Depicting Nature


    While not an exact match to the leaves of blue gum trees, Australian Blue Gum's slightly bluer tone provides flexibility in portraying gum trees in various lighting conditions and weather. Beyond its role in natural landscapes, this colour proves valuable for depicting skies, seascapes, and imaginative works.


    Creating Eucalyptus Leaves and Weathered Wood


    When capturing the myriad colours in eucalyptus leaves, Australian Blue Gum serves as an excellent starting point. Mixing it with Yellow Oxide, Chromium Green Oxide, or Transparent Umber yields natural variations that mirror the changing hues with the time of day and weather. Additionally, Australian Blue Gum proves instrumental in depicting weathered wood, producing nuanced blueish and brownish grays when combined with Raw Umber or a touch of Ash Pink.


    Sky, Sea, and Watercolour Magic


    In the realm of sky and sea, Australian Blue Gum lends its unique character. While a hot summer day might call for Cobalt Blue and Australian Sky Blue, the cooler and slightly more gray demeanour of Australian Blue Gum mixed with Cobalt Blue perfectly captures a wintery sky. Water, with its ever-changing blues and greens, finds expression through the versatility of Australian Blue Gum.


    Unveiling Unique Greens


    Australian Blue Gum's distinctive quality shines when creating an array of greens. Mixing it with Nickel Titanate Yellow yields a light apple green reminiscent of mid-20th-century interior walls and retro clothing. For a darker green fashion colour, blend Australian Blue Gum with Southern Ocean Blue. Collaborating with Naples Yellow Light produces a delicate pastel green ideal for modern graphic work. The colour's versatility extends to creating gorgeous light blues with Iridescent White and soft blue-grays when paired with Metallic Silver.


    Conclusion: Beyond Blue Gums


    While Australian Blue Gum serves as an excellent starting point for blue gum tree colours, its true value lies in its ability to transcend expectations. A versatile companion for artists, this colour extends its influence across various subjects and artistic endeavours, earning a well-deserved place in the Matisse range.

    Safety Data Sheet for Matisse Australian Blue Gum (SDS)

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    Australian Blue Gum  is available in Matisse Structure, Matisse Flow, Matisse Fluid  

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