Artist’s Musings

a pair of geese flew by; outside my studio window; i’m glad elephants don’t fly

Trying a mostly earth colour palette.

I had a plein air painting that I did in Coriano in 2011. I was not at peace with it. Since then I have pondered on and off what else I could do to it. The nice thing about landscapes is that it is always changing—sometimes aruptly or sometimes so gradually that it is not immediately perceptable—so it is always fun for an artist to take liberties in describing and expressing nature just as Mother Nature would take liberties to express herself. 

 Painted over: Plein air painting from Coriano, Italy. 2011.

Painted over: Plein air painting from Coriano, Italy. 2011.

Fast forward to present, I took it off the shelf and placed it on my easel to ponder a little bit more on its design. I wanted to move and subtract some elements, and I also wanted to experiment some more with a mostly earth colour palette. I used the same palette as the previous day when I did a still life of the sprouting onion in a plastic wrap. It was an interesting excercise—the palette is not as chromatic as the other modern colours out of the tube, so the challenge is to make selected colours visually stand out. It was an interesting balancing exercise in mixing colourful greys and values.

 Coriano, Italy. 2017.   

Coriano, Italy. 2017.