Pretty Field 30 x30 cm oil on board — a palette knife painting
I was attracted by the patterns created by the ridge and furrow and the beautiful buttercups, but apart from the sky and buttercups the image was all green. Well, we all know recession is created by using blue in the green, but how do you get warmth in the foreground?
I was advised to put the greens in first, however not listening to advice I put the sky in first (you know how it is — old habits die hard)!
My plan was to have a dark foreground, a middle-tone middle ground and a light background. A warm cadmium yellow and a warm ultramarine blue mixed a nice warm green for the foreground. Cool lemon yellow and cerulean blue make a nice bright to cool green, however it can look so unnatural, so a tiny amount on the tip of the brush of magenta or burnt umber knocks the colour back. To given a tonal range to the greens, darken with its complementary red, or any other colour that contains a lot of red. To lighten the greens try using pale blue, or cream instead of just white. A Prussian blue is a powerful cool blue, so only a light touch is only needed in those colour mixes.
I always check my paintings during the painting process by taking a quick snap with my mobile phone, and that sky looked too boring! A touch of yellow ochre in the blue paint along that horizon line made all the difference.