Sunday, July 25, 2010
the slough at twilight
Last night after the sun had set I zipped to the slough. I needed to try to paint it. The light was so minimal and I didn't have a light source with me...still I needed to try. Another good reason for keeping all your pigments in exactly the same places. I had to count on knowing what the color I would mix would look like without really seeing it. Good practice all round.
I also kept in mind the concept of simultaneous contrast. Example- I wanted the water to appear to be a glowing orange- so I places a blue near it in a couple of places. I wanted the sky to appear bright and glowing so I made the landscape touching it more neutral and darker.
My palette includes:white, cadmium yellow pale, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium red, alizarin permanent, ultramarine blue and viridian. An orange, a violet, and a base green are mixed and added to the palette. These are made from the colors already on the palette, which adds to color unity. In addition, row of grays was also pre-mixed. More harmony. I will talk about those next time.
One more day of workshop. I will be sad when it is over. whaaa.