Hot humid days and a fair bit of rain. The air is heavy and carries a strong hint of Autumn.
The subject is the same as the last painting (here) but look at how different the mood is from last time. The fresh brightness, contributed mostly by French Ultramarine Blue, is replaced by a warm muggy atmosphere in this painting. Cerulean Blue is probably responsible. Its a delicate colour, opaque and light in tone, it doesn’t produce deep rich shadows. As I mentioned in the last few posts, I’m attempting to reduce contrast and lighten the tone of my paintings. This blue needs the help of black in the cool shadows so it goes a long way in helping with reducing the dark colours. The other 2 colours were Cadmium Yellow and Burnt Sienna. As usual, no medium used only White Spirits.
The size is 20″ x 14″, on Oil Painting Paper and took about 2 hours to complete. I’ll post the video of the painting process in a day or two, see you then.
I really like the idea of how you are bringing more brightness to your paintings now .I have been following you for quite some time and have enjoyed your paintings very much .
Thanks Brian. Its an never ending journey. I think I was here before, that is getting brightness into the paintings. I have a few paintings I did in the 1980’s that have a very similar look to what I am doing now. One I included in a post, dated 31st March, 2012, called Fisherman’s Cottage. Check it out to see what I mean.
I do see what you mean in that painting about being brighter .I am still trying to see things in an impressionistic way and get a feel for painting that way .I started out not all that long ago in the Bob Ross style but got bored pretty quickly with it .I have tried acrylics but find they dry way too fast for me to blend the way I like to .
I liked Bob because he made painting simple and easy. Too many instructors create rigid technical rules which create barriers to getting started. Regarding fast drying paint, I’m using Alkyd fast drying oil paint and they do dry very fast compared to standard oils. Not as fast as Acrylics but fast enough to allow some advantages in over painting in a single session.
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