Mahaloness

Contemporary artist specializing in full spectrum painting, mural, animation and digital hybrid art.


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Cobalt teal is now just teal

I have been using Golden fluids for nearly a decade, the first time I used fluids I instantly fell in love. I like to work fast and acrylics tend to dry fast so for me it is a perfect marriage. As I explored the colour palette I discovered Cobalt Teal. It changed my life forever. For the last 8 years Cobalt Teal has been a go to for me, it is a colour that is associated with communication, it is also a colour associated with my Astrological sign, Aquarian, and perhaps this is why I swear by it. It is the colour of a shallow tropical sea, Mexico comes to mind, and it is also a colour of a clear sky. Recently Golden discontinued Cobalt Teal, from what I can tell it is due to the cost associated with mining Cobalt, and subsequently it is too expensive for a company such as Golden to purchase as a pigment for Cobalt Teal. Sadly the new version that Golden came up with, Teal, which is synthetic, and to be perfectly blunt and honest, is a dull version of the original. It lacks the depth that Coablt Teal achieved. From my experience painting large scale murals, anytime you change the hue of a colour the result will be quite evident as the surface area you are applying it to increases, perhaps even exponentially. It may not be as noticeable on a smaller surface but for myself who has used Cobalt Teal extensively the change is noticeable and in my opinion well below satisfactory. My next phase of painting I will have to reconsider my own palette and perhaps this is a sign of change to come, it is also a reminder tha all the beautiful colours in the world come from Mother Earth, and once they are taken are irreplaceable, and that is yet another lesson in consumption I do suppose. As an alternative I might go to a nice jewelry store our outlet and purchase there nicest turquoise, and take it back to the lab, get out a hammer and smash it into little bits and pieces, grind it right down and produce my own pigment, might get expensive and perhaps that is the price to pay for Cobalt Teal, RIP.

Definition break!
co·balt (kbôlt)
n. Symbol Co
A hard, brittle metallic element, found associated with nickel, silver, lead, copper, and iron ores and resembling nickel and iron in appearance. It is used chiefly for magnetic alloys, high-temperature alloys, and in the form of its salts for blue glass and ceramic pigments. Atomic number 27; atomic weight 58.9332; melting point 1,495°C; boiling point 2,900°C; specific gravity 8.9; valence 2, 3. See Table at element.
[German Kobalt, from Middle High German kobolt, variant of kobold, goblin (from silver miners’ belief that cobalt had been placed by goblins who had stolen the silver).]
Source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/cobalt
FotoMahaloness -multifaceted Cobalt Teal, the trunk of my painterly tree, what shall I do!

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