Thursday, October 16, 2008

Aspens in Process and Progress

This is the painting now. I have re-applied a very dark green background for the trees. Why did I bother putting in all that red-orange, you ask? It is there, it is just not consciously visible. Like nature*, a painting has underlying colors to give strength, body and impact to the ones on the surface.

A portrait of the painter as an old pirate.

Making a nice green ... out of red, yellow and blue ... ah the magic!

Yes, blue and yellow make green, but it is not nature's green yet!

All these tones appear in the painting, in what is technically known as "the central blob of color", the aspen leaves.

*in nature, leaves are red under all that green. In the fall, the green is stripped away to reveal nature's underpainting!

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