THE POWER OF BLUE

There is nothing more important for me than a limited color palette and I have been learning a lot about the colors of Spring these last few weeks.

I am making a point of always walking or cycling with my sketchbook and paints.  I use ink because it dries quickly and is permanent.  Then I annotate the sketch with notes that act as a prompt when I get back to my studio.  Quite often the landscape I have sketched never makes it past my small sketchbook but I love looking back at these and remembering where is was and what it felt like to look at that view.  

 

Spring is all about the greens of course.  But there are also yellows and pinks and cool greys.  Often the final wash in these sketches is one of ultramarine - it turns the shadows a gentle turquoise and cools down the yellows of the Spring rape.   

Spring is all about the greens of course.  But there are also yellows and pinks and cool greys.  Often the final wash in these sketches is one of ultramarine - it turns the shadows a gentle turquoise and cools down the yellows of the Spring rape.

 

I have been using blue to cool down the shadows in this St Ives commission, photographed in the street outside my Winchester studio, and also in my Yosemite paintings seen below.

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St Ives 9

Yosemite rockface

Yosemite rockface

Ultramarine is the blue I turn to more than any other - particularly when it is Michael Harding oil paint.  The tinting strength is such that I only have to use a touch to cool down a colour

COMING UP...

It has been full on through March and April with The Other Art Fair in London and two commissions to finish, as well as another fair at Goodwood next month.  Put the date in your diary and come along if you can..

SUSSEX ART FAIR

GOODWOOD RACECOURSE
17th - 19th May