Thursday, May 21, 2009

California Landscape: En Plein Air

Today I painted again from the pier at the Palo Alto Baylands. It was crisp and breezy and invigorating. There was a large expanse of grassland in the foreground and background that was filled with amazing colors: sienna, violets, yellow greens, blue greens, silvery greens, russets, yellow oranges, and salmon. I captured many of these colors in the initial varnish wash and only had to place strokes of paint, here and there, in the foreground, as the painting was practically 'done' after the initial wash! The actual colors used were: ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, carbazole violet, cadmium orange, transparent red oxide, hansa yellow orange, cadmium yellow orange, cadmium green, and titanium white.

1 comment:

Sky Ann McGrath said...

From your perspective you show the landscape, and with your palette you mix and apply the abstract. This is a wonderful, colorful and relevant mixture of fresh air, fresh perspective and evolving experience. Thank you for sharing your artistic journey!