No fiction today, I need time to compose my thoughts. Instead, here is one of my most recent paintings. This scene is one I pass on my daily walk. In mid to late summer, the meadow blooms with Queen Anne’s Lace and Black-eyed Susans:
And this is the photo I used for reference:
I’ve painted a version of the black and white forest before and posted it. To my surprise and delight, someone liked it enough to ask for 3 more for a series.
I’ve been wanting to experiment with monochrome painting using ‘black’ made by mixing other colors together. One combination is to use Phthalo blue, burnt umber and cadmium red in fairly equal parts. I expected to get a purplish ‘black’ but ended up with a deep blue-green ‘black’ instead. My plan was to paint “Passchendaele” – the sea of mud, the burned tree stumps and the water filled shell holes. But this color just had ‘ocean’ written all over it. I’ll have to try again for that purplish ‘black’. Meanwhile, here is my stormy sea painting; I’d like to imagine it’s just off the West Coast of Ireland: