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Sunday, 26 January 2020

Butte - stage 3

Using mixes of Burnt Sienna, Winsor Violet, Ultramarine Violet and Permanent Orange thinned with Liquin I have roughed in the landscape at the left.  Not worried about colour or tonal accuracy at this stage I am just getting the underpainting in ready for glazes of transparent paint that will hopefully make it look like a landscape in shadow apart from the sun hitting the butte which will be painted using more opaque colours.

Friday, 24 January 2020

Butte - stage 2

Worked some more on the sky although I'm thinking of introducing a bit of orange and pink into it as I'm trying to set the time to be later afternoon. Also made a start on the strata of rock below the butte using transparent paint mixes of Burnt Sienna, Permanent Orange, Ultramarine Violet, Winsor Violet and Transparent Oxide Yellow. The plan is all of the land in shadow will be in transparent paint, trying to introduce some variety into the colours used and the areas of rock picked out in the sunlight will be using opaque colour....that's the plan anyway.

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Butte - stage 1

Following on from the previous painting "Shadowland" this is another desert scene this time in Arizona in which all of the landscape will be in shadow again except this time the late afternoon sun is hitting the distant butte. The colours will be much warmer as it is set later in the afternoon and I will be introducing more variety of colour into the land in shadow but still painted by pushing around mainly transparent paint. This is another in my "The Big Sky" series of paintings which seem to be veering towards American Landscape and away from the urban locations.
This is just the stage where I have mapped out where the clouds are going in the sky by rubbing them out from the glaze with a rag. I used a mix of Phthalocyanine Turquoise, Lemon Yellow, Zinc White and Permanent Orange thinned with Liquin.
I have also roughly painted in the butte picking up the sunlight with a mix of Burnt Sienna, Permanent Orange and Winsor Violet thinned with Liquin.
Oil on linen 30" x 20".

Tuesday, 21 January 2020


Following on from "Desert Daybreak" this one has most of the landscape in shadow but this time against a painted sky. This is another one trying an area of largely monochrome set against an area of colour, the monochrome seemingly best suited to areas in shadow. It didn't actually work out as I intended but it has qualities that I can take further, it looks more photographically real than I was expecting for instance which is surprising how quickly and roughly it was painted in. It's almost using  oil paint like watercolour, the crucial difference being the time one has to move the paint around after application, watercolour obviously drying far too quick to be able to do this. "The Big Sky" series of paintings started out with the apocalyptic urban scenes but has now moved on to the American Landscape with desert scenes being the current fascination!
Oil on linen 30" x 20",
There is a step-by-step progress through this painting in previous posts on this blog.

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Shadowland - stage 4

I have started to paint in the sky with opaque colours but trying not to make it too dark as the landscape is in shadow and the best way of showing that is to set it against a bright sky. I used a mix of Phthalocyanine Blue. Manganese Blue, Zinc White and Warm White for the blue of the sky and then added some Ultramarine Violet and Burnt Sienna for the shadow colour - the base of a cloud will reflect some of the colour of the land especially if it's base is nearer to the ground.
I then ran a glaze of Ultramarine Violet and Burnt Sienna over the landscape and worked into it with darks and rubbing it away for the highlights.
I will put in the sunlit background mountains tomorrow as well as the sliver of sunlit landscape at the base of the mountain at left.

Friday, 17 January 2020

Shadowland - stage 3

Placed where the lighter clouds are going to go by rubbing out with a rag from a glaze mixed from Phthalocyanine Blue, Manganese Blue and Permanent Orange thinned with Liquin over the whole sky. Tomorrow I will paint in the shadow clouds and strengthen the colour in the blue sky. 
After giving the landscape another glaze of the Burnt Sienna/Winsor Violet mix I then painted in stronger shadow detail on the mountain.

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Shadowland - stage 2

Have been dithering today about how I'm going to paint this one which is silly really as it is meant to carry on from the last one in that it will be a landscape in shadow again against this time a painted sky. I warmed up the sky first with a layer of Lemon Yellow and Zinc White and then roughly put in some landscape details with a mix of Burnt Sienna, Winsor Violet and Alizarin Crimson.
I think I know how I'm going to do the sky tomorrow...