Friday, January 3, 2014
Painting View from Jennings Peak Using a Limited Palette
Actually, I first made a small watercolor study to see if I liked this view enough to paint. I had several photos to choose from. I thought this view was easy enough to experiment on.
The limited palette idea came from the book "The Painterly Approach" by Bob Rohm, except that I didn't have exactly the same red as his palette was oil paints and I was working in acrylics. I used cadmium yellow light, cadmium red medium, ultramarine blue, viridian and titanium white.
I found that I had difficulty getting the color mixes the way I wanted them, but I am satisfied with the painting. I struggled with getting the darks dark enough. I mixed a light lavender for the gray granite rock and I liked that look. (New Hampshire is the "Granite State"). Actual photo I was working from below:
More information about the actual hike in my posting of August 1, 2010. It was a strenuous hike and I won't be doing that again, but I have my photos and memories to paint from.
Next experiment will be done with similar limited palette, but working in water mixable oil paints.
To purchase a card or print of this painting: View from Jennings Peak