Although chilly and dry there are still areas under water from the previous wet months. The dampness and low temperatures results in fog-like mists more often seen in the late autumn.
Prussian Blue is a strong transparent paint. In the limited palette of 3 colours, where this blue is the only blue, a strong red or yellow is needed to control its tinting power. In this subject the overpowering blue was just right for this early morning scene in spite of the strong red. The strong red in this case is Indian Red, a rust colour similar to Burnt Sienna, but not a good mixer. By this I mean that as its added to blue it will change quickly to a black/purple, difficult to control. If placed as an under layer and the other colours painted on top (wet on wet) its easier to control the colour change. For example, the distant hill, in the centre of the painting, has a reddish tinge because of the under layer of red. Too much brush work will result in either the red being absorbed, or else dominating the colour to become a rusty blob. This is dependent on the amount of red initially applied.
3 colours (Yellow Ochre, Indian Red, Prussian Blue) plus black and white. There is no medium used, only White Spirits. The painting is 16″ x 11″ and was painted in a single ‘wet on wet’ session in under 2 hours.
I love the peaceful serenity of this painting.
I’m happy you like, thank you.
Good to hear from you.
love it too,, contemplative
I love to watch you work. How long in real time did it take to complete this one?
Thank you Elizabeth. I speed up the video by 15 times. So if the video time is multiplied by 15 you get the total painting time. This video is approximately 7 and a half minutes. So the total painting time is 113 minutes or about 2 hours including setting up.
Brilliant treatment of the grasses and their light.
Thank you Pierr.
I love this beautiful blue water in the foreground and the dark gray and light gray fleecy sky .
Thank you Marie. I am delighted you like the blue. I sometimes think I use too much blue. I try not to let it creep in but it wins and when the painting is finished I wonder how this happened. 🙂
Thank you Niels.