October Light – Oil Painting

October Light

The first of a series of paintings which try and convey winter, using colours more suitable for warmer paintings. These colours are the same as the last few paintings, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow and Prussian Blue. In fact this might be the only painting of this series. The yellow is so intense and its tinting power so great, the overall look is bright and warm. Because I use so few colours each individual one is involved in almost every mix. As you can see the painting glows a warm summery tint, not what was intended. The quick fix would be to use less yellow but again with only three colours, the painting would be unbalanced lacking greens and oranges, two essential colours in a natural landscape.

There is no medium used and only the smallest amount of solvent (White Spirits). This is manageable as the painting is small, 9″ x 12″, but spreading ‘dry’ paint is difficult and time consuming. The advantage is a more textured effect, good in a small painting to suggest details, as painting details is difficult at such a small scale.

I will review this painting in a day or two and decide whether or not to continue to paint winter scenes using Cadmium Yellow. As usual I recorded the painting process for the next post, see you then.


15 thoughts on “October Light – Oil Painting

  1. I know it is very “yellow” but still it is a colder yellow than the summer pictures- maybe it looks wintery because of the winter sky, but I think the colours have that burnished autumn colour, the way they look as they fall into winter. BEAUTIFUL!

  2. This is exceptional – very lovely composition. The tree trunk and bare tree are great counterpoints to the softness of the rest of the landscape.

  3. I think the yellow works, you do capture October light.
    I do appreciate your tips about handling featureless spaces. I am working on a still life and there is one area of the background which won’t resolve. I think I may be able to progress now.

    Thanks for liking a recent post of mine.

  4. William – What decided your minimal use of colour? Are you challenging yourself by using only three? At what point of time and why did you come to the decision to use less colour and no medium? I am inspired and impressed by the results but am curious – thank you…

    • My day job is in graphic design. Commercial pictures are made using machines. This is a result of financial considerations. There are so many technological aides available to the painter, one leads to the next, where does one stop. I like to think I’m moving in the opposite direction, as simple as is possible, and the art is in making it work. For me, exhibiting this process is more important than the final result and the paradox is, the technology I reject makes this possible. I don’t know if this makes sense, maybe I’m just an old hippy 🙂

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