|10" X 5 3/4"|
Acrylic mixed media
on printmaking paper
Monday, 23 January 2017
Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day 23
Today was 'back to the basics' - colour mixing, under painting, using the positive and negative space and glazing. This was a worthwhile exercise for me. I have really been struggling to paint this month and seemed to have lost sight of why I paint and how to paint! I know it sounds ridiculous but there it is. Am glad I took a step back. The rich dark in the foreground is a mix of transparent red iron oxide and phthalo blue - I find black out of the tube has a flat look but this dark has a rich feel and look. Repeated glazing with transparent red iron oxide, transparent yellow iron oxide, alizarin crimson hue, a bit of phthalo blue and layering with opaque neutrals in between the layers of glazing builds up a rich layer of paint. Defined the hill shapes along the horizon line using titanium white, a touch of alizarin crimson and a light glaze in spots using grey. A final glaze of phthalo cerulean blue in the sky and this is where I will stop.