Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Palette adjustments and two more paintings

I seem to be going through a process of refining my selection of colours.  The basics stay the same

French ultramarine, Ceurlean blue, Raw sienna, Raw umber, Burnt umber, Winsor yellow, Lemon yellow, Light red, Sap green.

Recent additions are:

Buff Titanium (Daniel Smith) - a colour I find incredibly useful for buildings and stonework.

Perylene green (Daniel Smith) - a really dark green which is useful for those dark shadows you find within tree forms.

I use a few other paints as "spot colours" - for highlighting or adding small details such as items of clothing or objects in windows.

Here is a photo of my palette as I use it in a paintbox with half pans.  I also have a tube version.

I've done a couple of paintings since my last post.

The first is Deutsches Eck ("German Corner") which is the name of a headland in Koblenz, Germany, where the Mosel river joins the Rhine. it became known for a monumental equestrian statue of William I, first German Emperor, erected in 1897 in appreciation of his merits in the unification of Germany: it was destroyed in World War II and only the plinth was preserved as a memorial. Following German reunification, a replica of the statue was erected on the pedestal after controversial discussions in 1993. It is today a Koblenz landmark and a popular tourist destination.

The second is a couple of houses in my local town of Lewes in East Sussex.  I experimented with Lunar Black here on the dark house frontage (mixed with raw umber) to bring some granulation to the brick work.  

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