A couple of weeks ago, I thought I should start carrying a sketch book around with me. I ordered a 6x6 inch one that fits in my purse with the idea that I'd draw every day. (I haven't quite managed that, but I am drawing.) I whipped out the sketchbook, and.....didn't have a single thing to draw with. I ended up scrounging a green pencil, and did a quick study with notes about colors--see below.
When I sat down to paint, I purposefully limited my palette to Prussian Blue (two o'clock), Alizarin Crimson (ten o'clock), and Quinacridone Gold (six o'clock) and looked at various values and ways that the paints mixed before I started--again, see below. In the past, I haven't planned things quite so much. I'm not sure if I like this or not.
The final result took two tries. I tried the first painting on 140-lb paper, and I was having trouble with the paint drying too fast. I tried again on 300-lb paper, and liked the result much better. The painting is alla prima, and is 4x7 inches. Definitely makes me think of fall.
|From the sketch book.|
|Planned palette. That's Prussian Blue at two o'clock, Quinacridone Gold at six, and Alizarin Crimson at ten.|