Here’s the third piece from my three color series. I used Cobalt Blue, Alizarin Crimson, and Yellow Ochre only on them. They’ve been quite fun to do and I’ve even reduced them down to fit as covers to differentiate between my different Travelers Notebook inserts.
Rather than write a whole bunch I’m just going to post the process photos and let them do the talking.
It’s been really fun working with these three colors. They’ve allowed some wonderful vibrancy to the work. I’m not sure if I’ll continue further with the series or if I’ll move on to some other colors.
Here is my latest painting. I don’t like it. After a couple that I love…this one… this one…I don’t know. My wife said it’s not you. Were you fighting with the trees? I think she’s right. I spent a week fiddling with it. It just doesn’t want to get any better. It kicked my butt.
The background ended up too light and lacked enough of the sky colors to pull it in.
The midground just feels muddy and got worse when I attempted to add shadows.
The foreground… well it just feels green and flat. Not what I wanted.
Oh well, live and learn. I think my real problem was that I refused to clean my palette and kept working in the muck. It needs a good cleaning badly.
So where to go from here? Honestly I’m not sure. But I’m sure the paper and paint will tell me.
Here is my latest piece. I started it and then put it down for a week because I was stuck.
It started out so strong and there was so much different between the colors in the distance and the white of the paper… but what to put there. I always like doing the background. The objects are simple and it leaves a lot to the viewer’s imagination.
This is where it say for a week. Me afraid to mess it up. The vibrant tones playing against the whiteness…most nights just before, or maybe after falling asleep my brain would startle me to wakefulness with a “what about this?!?” moment but in the light of day I would fret over the idea and dismiss it. This morning I decided that I needed some bare trees in the midground so I added them during my lunch hour (working from home).
This evening I decided to tackle the foreground. I feared that I would use up all the white and lose those wonderful whites but I think I managed it.
What do you think? I think I’ll do some more in this series.