It's all too easy to be seduced by those luscious tubes of paint at the art shop , and usually I resist because I know that I can mix most of the colours I need from my palette. But recently I've discovered indigo...Indigo pigment was originally sourced from the plant ndigofera tinctoria , a member of the bean family.
Some artists dislike it because they say it's a "dirty" colour. I'm finding it a good mixing pigment , making beautiful moody greys and browns. It's also a lovely colour in it's own right- think of the dusky bloom on blueberries and pinot grapes.
It's a VERY invasive, strong and permanent pigment , so it needs to be used with care , and will reward your efforts with lovely moody neutrals.
This painting I've just finished was painted using a very simple palette of indigo ,burnt sienna and a touch of gold ochre.
"Storm's Coming- Pohara".