After the greys and browns of winter, this blaze of bright yellow is surreal. And yet, despite their vivid colour, they are very much an integrated part of the emerging spring growth. There are good years and bad years for wild daffodils. This year is a good year. Very often an apparently random scattering of daffodils is all that remains of a cottage or farm house obliterated in the agricultural modernisation of the 1960’s.
For the bright yellow of the daffodils I used Winsor Lemon Yellow. This colour is a pure yellow without any hint of red, unlike Cadmium Yellow which I had thought of using. By using a ‘reddish’ background, provided by Burnt Sienna, and hints of blue (Cobalt) produced a contrast to the pure yellow of the Lemon Yellow. As the Lemon was the only yellow used throughout the entire painting the pure form used in the flowers was not disconnected from the general colour scheme. I have the striking yellow of the daffodils within a harmony of spring colour.
The 3 colours used are Winsor Lemon Yellow, Burnt Sienna and Cobalt Blue. The size is 12″ x 9″.
Here’s the video of the painting process, see you soon.
Lovely…so pastel and pastoral.
Beautiful work. I love the greens and subtle hints of the daffodils. Nice job!
Thank you Veronica. Green, a nice change from recent winter colours.
We still have snow here in central Ontario
Wow, snow seems like a distant memory here. Still, you’ll appreciate the summer, whenever it arrives 🙂
I love watching your videos and I call you the sky master to my friends. I am in awe of your clouds.
Thank you Richard. I possibly spend too much time working on skies with the landscape an afterthought – I suppose its the result of living in a flat countryside.
Those spots of Burnt Sienna in the ground cover and the sky really make it sing. Brilliant!
Thank you Jane. Its a really versatile colour, Burnt Sienna. Subtle in the sky and so strong beside the greens of the grasses.
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