Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Before the Rains Came
In the first sketch I used a palette modeled after one suggested by the British seascape painter, Borlase
Smart in his book Techniques of Seascape Painting. Smart's palette uses just one blue -- cobalt blue --and one yellow -- naples yellow. I did add to his palette ultramarine blue , which I think helps to recess distant areas. (Borlase palette: naples yellow, yellow ochre, raw sienna, rose madder, viridian, cobalt blue, ivory black and flake white.)
In the second sketch, I added (in addition to ultramarine blue) quinacridone red (instead of rose madder), cad yellow light, and cad red light. The cad yellow light allowed me to suggest more brilliant, sunlit greens than I could achieve with the more limited palette.
My landscape group must be worried about the rainy days ahead; then we must learn to paint rain!