Monday, November 21, 2011
Early Morning Light.
6x6in oil on canvas board 85.
After yesterday's struggle I decided to follow my own advice and do something simple. This is a memory exercise based on simple shapes of different values.
This landscape was done with a limited palette of Ultramarine Blue, Cad Yellow Light, Permanent Alizarin and Titanium White.
First, I pre-mixed a yellow green, an orange color, a brown and a purple from the above colors.
A Yellow Ochre was made by pre-mixing a reddish purple to the same value FIRST as the ocher color I wanted and then adding the cad yellow light. If my purple had been too blue then I would have got a neat green instead of ocher.
The secret to good color mixing is to make your colors the correct value before adding them together.
I am a painter living in Las Cruces, NM. After many years as an illustrator I turned to fine art to develop my own artistic voice. I currently teach talented and enthusiastic artists in oil, acrylic and egg tempera painting. I am also a member of the Artist Guild of Southern New Mexico.