The heavens are in turmoil and the trees, ghosts of last summer, look on. Hallowe’en.
This painting is mostly about the sky. I tried to vary the proportions of each colour in the mixtures to give slightly different colours in each formation of clouds. I am using 4 colours and they are all present in these paint mixes.
When painting ‘wet on wet’, pickup on the brush is always an issue. In this painting I am using a ‘modifier’ brush to manipulate the paint after it has been applied. For example, in the sky I used a single brush (No 12 filbert, blue handle in video below) to apply the colour. As the colour mixes are evolving one into the next, I don’t need to clean this brush. A small amount of Liquin medium was used, as solvent on its own was evaporating too fast and the layers were not blending smoothly. This bending, or ‘modifying’, was done with a wide short bristled filbert (cream coloured handle).
Also, painting the few sparse remaining leaves on the trees was done with the tip of the large No 12 filbert. This applied the paint in heavy liquid blobs on the wet under colour of the sky but leaving a distinctive brush pattern. The ‘modifier’ in this case was a round bristle which disguised the pattern and blended the paint into the background sky colour.
Dark morning, frost on the grass, a chill in the air. In a week or so, the clocks will be turned back an hour, so we start the day an hour later, and brighter.
I used an extra colour this time – Olive Green – making it 4 colours instead of my usual 3 (Yellow Ochre, Olive Green, Permanent Rose, Cobalt Blue plus black and white). I use a secondary when the resultant mixing of the primaries does not produce a particular colour. Olive Green is a deep, transparent ‘organic’ green. I placed it in a very solvent-rich layer on top of the wet sky colour. The transparency works very well. The lighter sky colour shines through the rich dark green. The green from the Ochre and Cobalt (used in this session) would not have worked without the addition of black, giving a greyish colour.
The size is 14.5″ x 11″ and was painted in a single session of about 2 hours.
The days are shortening and colours are getting greyer, Winter’s coming.
In the painting of the sky, the brush strokes were very obvious because I used solvent only, and lots of it. I don’t like this effect in the sky which should be soft and misty. These brush marks are lessened by blending the paint layer. After the lower part of the painting was completed (in about 1 hour), the solvent had evaporated sufficiently in the sky to allow the paint to be blended. I used a clean large filbert brush to blend the sky colours.
The size is 12″ x 16.5″ and was painted in about an hour and a half. As usual there are only 3 colours used, Yellow Ochre, Raw Umber and Cerulean Blue plus black and white.