Thursday, June 27, 2019

Snow shadows and golden shrubs

snow shadows and golden shrubs painting Jun 26 2019
"Snow Shadows and Golden Shrubs", 6x8 oil on canvas panel

For the past several days I've been diving deep on color mixing exercises, and it felt like time to actually do a painting with some of what I've been learning. My drawer of oil paints is suddenly out of control and I used this little painting as a way to test out a plein air palette. My normal set of red, yellow, and blue hasn't been cutting it for me so I want to expand my selection, but not to the full gamut of colors I have available to me.

I was pretty happy with my ability to mix the colors I wanted with this set, which included:

  • cadmium yellow light
  • cadmium yellow medium
  • cadmium orange
  • cadmium red light
  • alizarin permanent
  • ultramarine blue
  • cobalt blue
  • viridian hue
  • yellow ochre
  • burnt sienna
  • ivory black
  • titanium white
I chose this scene because I liked the violet shadows stretching across the snow combined with the earthy golden shrubs. I started with a notan thumbnail of the shadow and light families, then sketched the drawing onto my panel. My goal was to paint quickly (it was a 60-minute study) with minimal detail and lots of paint. 

The timed part went fine, but I definitely didn't get the paint on as thickly as I wanted. Will have to keep trying on that!