Last week, as Venus made its way across the sun, I found myself picking up purple, red, orange, and pink. My work took on a different tone with this choice. The first piece – Water 30, which is an 10×30 very vertical canvas had a coat of red on it. (Click on the image for a better view.) I took black, mixed it with a glossy medium and water to coat the red in a thin layer of black. I began working on the painting with a wet canvas. The lower half took on a darker shade with Prussian Blue, Black and Violet (and a few others) and the top half took on a fiery orange and pink look with yellow oxide, pink, raw umber, and light yellow. The black bleeds through the painting and this is most apparent on the top half. This painting was tough to photograph because of such a great contrast. There are colors streaked through the black that have disappeared slightly. Black and other dark colors are very difficult to photograph.
The second painting, Water 31, also 10×30, I started with a purple coat on the canvas. I used water to keep the lower half wetter than the top half. The effect on the blue and black was to create the look of water that is more still. Sometimes the water can be flat out here, which tends to create swirls of color.
The third painting in this series, Water 32, a 12×30 canvas, was a little lighter overall than the first two. I started with a dry aqua green canvas and painted a thin layer of pink over it. After that, I added almost every color I had in the studio, including: Dioxazine purple, deep violet, quinacridone magenta, alizarin crimson hue permanent, primary red, cadmium red deep hue, primary magenta, cadmium orange and cadmium red light hue, mineral orange and organic orange, raw sienna, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, red oxide, yellow oxide, organic yellow, flash gold sheer, naphthol crimson, cadmium deep red, wedgewood, bright aqua green, bright yellow green, cobalt blue, prussian blue, manganese blue, hooker’s green, permanent deep green, permanent green light, light blue permanent, phthalocyanine blue, cerulean blue, light blue violet, titanium white, iridescent medium, glass beads, gloss medium varnish, copper, gold, silver, green-gold semi opaque metallic paint, black lava texture gel, ivory black, and carbon black. The use of so many colors is an attempt to have each stroke hold a rainbow of color. I changed my approach to texture with the third one using thicker but thinner layers.
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