Ex-hurricane Bertha arrived here and we had 24 hours of rainfall, wind and general miserable summer weather. However it wasn’t all bad, the skies and colours were amazing.
I used an unusual combination of colours to capture the essence of this summer storm. Winsor Lemon, Alizarin Crimson, Dioxazine Purple, Cobalt Blue (plus black and white of course). These are strong vibrant colours and really worked well together. The resultant painting has none of the brashness these colours have in their raw state. In fact there is less ‘colour’ than some of my subdued Ochre/Sienna paintings (example here).
I tried to get at least 3 of the 4 colours into each mix. When the 4 were used together there was the beginning of the dreaded ‘mud’ you get from having too many colours in the mix.
I used a small amount of Liquin as medium, as with the last painting. I used it to retard the drying of the Alkyd colours I’m using. The only standard oil colour in this selection was the Cobalt Blue. The thinning was with White Spirits.
Here’s the video, see you soon.