I banned Ultramarine Blue temporary from my pallet. Therefor I have room for an additional colour. This free space irritates me and I have to occupy it. Moonglow by Daniel Smith is a very popular colour and I tried to find out if I can relate to that.
To my astrophysical untrained eye, there is no relationship between the colour of the moon and this colour. It is made of three different pigments:
- Viridian (PG18)
- Ultramarin Blue (PB28)
- Anthraquinoid Red (PR177)
Whenever I mix more than three colours the result is gray-brown, which in this case is a euphemism for "dirt". Fortunately, the people at Daniel Smith know their stuff. The result is difficult to describe. It is a bluish grey with a tendency to violet.
The used pigments have a different specific gravity. Viridian (ca. 2,00 g·cm−3) is the first that thinks into the paper, followed by Ultramarin Blue (ca. 1,62 g·cm−3) while Anthraquinoid Red (ca. 1,47 g·cm−3) nearly stays at the surface. That happens if one puts some drops of Moonglow straight from the tube on the wet paper.
The colour really has a life of its own! It delivers its full potential when used without other colours. The pigments flow in all direction and the granulation is spectacular.
Some sketchers use Moonglow for shadowing. I myself would be very cautious in doing so. It is a dominant colour and no matter what I tried, I could not soft the edges.
Moonglow is definitely not a must-have but it is a lot of fun playing with it, so let us call this colour a nice toy.