MANGANESE BLUE HUE*
Manganese Blue is a turquoise blue that is a staple on my palette. It is a light hue and not as strong as cerulean blue. I Use both since each has special properties of its own. I love how it granulates. It is classified as a medium staining pigment but I find it easy to lift. Several washes will intensify the color. You can see by the painting of the gorgeous roses that were a gift from a dear friend (yes, they really are manganese blue, and smell just as lovely) I was able to get a full range of values to a point I did need to add indigo blue to get the deepest value. Manganese Blue mixes well with non-staining, semi-opaques to create a mottled texture in underlying colors.
*Note: Daniel Smith advises "true Manganese Blue, discontinued from product lines due to environmental concerns and toxic by-product, has been replaced in the DANIEL SMITH line with a formulation which closely resembles it. The result is a safe, high quality lightfast pigment with the color we adore – Manganese Blue Hue."
“I am a contemplative artist who has trouble accessing verbal skills. Finding the right words to talk about the amazing things I observe around me can be frustrating. It is much more natural for me to pick up a paintbrush, some embroidery floss or my camera when I wish to share some new discovery. The artwork I create is meant to be enjoyed on whatever level the viewer experiences it and not layered with complex meaning. Feathers, fur, flowers and the incredible variation I find in wildlife not only inspire me, but compel me to share every nuance with you.