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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Blondheim Art Original Paintings



Homosassa River
12x16 inches
oil on panel
gold frame
800.00


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This is the year of the limited palette for me. I have been tweaking a couple of them over the last few months. The painting above was done with a limited palette. I like to use this palette for Florida rivers and wetlands paintings.

Here it is:

Cadmium Red Light (Utrecht)
Transparent Red Iron Oxide (Utrecht)
French Ultramarine Blue (Utrecht)
Thalo Blue( Utrecht)
Prussian Blue (Daniel Greene)
Sap Green ( Daniel Greene)
Cadmium Lemon Yellow (Utrecht)
Cadmium yellow Medium ( Daniel Greene)
Titanium White ( Daniel Green)
Flake White ( Daniel Greene)
Ivory Black ( Daniel Greene)

For winter I like the single primary palette:

Cad Red Light (Utrecht)
Cad Lemon Yellow (Utrecht)
French Ultramarine Blue (Utrecht)
Ivory Black (Daniel Greene)
Flake White ( Daniel Greene)

I sometimes add Red Oxide and Naples Yellow Light to this palette, both from Utrecht.

I do have some others, including a simple split primary palette with one each cool and warm of the primaries.

I also have an interesting limited palette for those moody days with little color:

Trans Red Iron Oxide (Daniel Greene)
Ivory Black (Daniel Greene)
Titanium White ( Daniel Greene)
Sap Green (Daniel Greene)
Prussian Blue (Daniel Greene)

I have learned quite a bit by using limited palettes for my work. Changing them seasonally and by the mood of the day makes for some interesting paintings that might never happen with a more conventional approach. Color is very hard to control, especially if you are inexperienced. I have learned that when my palette starts to get out of control, the bet thing to do is go back to a limited palette for awhile. It centers you, creates harmony in your work and keeps you from going off the deep end. it allows you to focus on other important elements of painting, like composition, value and so forth.

2 comments:

Doris Joa said...

Hi Linda, just wanted to let you know, how much I love your blog. It is fun reading and you are having so many very good advice for the artist. It makes so many sense about what you are writing and so your blog is a great learning tool. Thank you for that.

But I also love your vibrant landscapes, they are so beautiful!!!

Plein Air Florida said...

Doris,
You certainly made my day with your kind words. Thank you so much.
Love,
Linda