Colors of Winter
5x7in oil on canvas panel $100.
Bosque Del Apache, New Mexico
Once again a mix from photos and imagination.
I prefer this scene with winter colors rather than
the greens of summer. When out painting plein air
I always find green difficult to get the right harmony
and it is a real struggle to achieve a natural appearance
of the many subtle, different shades in front of me.
If I go more decorative then it can be fun and bright,
but if I try to mix what I actually "see" then all heck
happens and I have many frustrating attempts.
Back in the security of my studio I can work with green,
but then I lose the freshness I value from the outdoor
sketches. Any solutions or suggestions will be gratefully
My outdoor/travel palette is:
Cobalt blue or Ultra Blue
Transp Oxide Brown
I mix my purples from the alizarin and ultra
My ochres by adding purples to the yellow
from black and yellow or ochre
blue and yellow plus red or T brown.
(Phyllis - can you spot it?)