Tuesday, May 24, 2011

new 150 CHALLENGE paintings

Today I set up my versa easel with my tripod and put my butcher tray with the grey disposable palette in it. It worked perfectly! I was trying to get away from sitting right on top of my easel, like a lot of us daily painters do when we're painting small works. It really helps so much to have to look at the painting in progress from a distance. Better perspective, definitely. This is my 8x8 poppy painting in progress.

The palette:

titanium white, cadmium yellow light, cadmium yellow medium, Indian yellow, cadmium orange, cadmium red light, napthol red, alizarin crimson, quinacridone magenta, violet grey, dioxazine purple, cobalt teal, cerulean blue, ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, asphaltum, prussian blue, cadmium green, and sap green. All colors are Gamblin except the violet grey, and that's Old Holland. I think I could cut out at least half of the colors and come really close to getting a good match, except I have a hard time matching the magenta and the violet grey.

The finished painting, "NIGHT POPPIES."

Detail of poppy - I love those thick brushstrokes!
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