Here is a break from the flat agricultural land of Kildare, the hills and mountains County Wicklow. This was a clear bright evening so the treatment of paint is more direct than the last few paintings which relied on tinting the final colours with what was applied as under-colour.
The painting is small, 10″ x 9′ and was painted in about an hour and a half. There were 4 colours used (Cadmium Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Dioxazine Purple, Prussian Blue) plus black and white. There is no medium used only White Spirits. In recent paintings I’m using purple in shadows for the richness of colour. I have to be careful not to overuse it, as its a little unnatural especially in its ‘raw’ state. Mixed with yellow it produces very muted greens. Normally, greens from yellow and blue alone need a little red added to reduce that ‘artificial’ look of these colours. Purple has a red element already there so its no wonder the greens look good with the richness of a 2 colour mix.
Here’s the video, see you soon.