Ultra Blue

Now the cold and rain has eased up here in Ventura County I feel a lot lighter in spirits. I really don’t do well in the cold. Today, with bright sunshine and blue skies I felt really great walking to the studio with my kids and dog, ready to work.

My old friend, Ultramarine Blue has glazed the morning glories again, making the pinks vibrate against the blue and white. In adition, I’ve added a touch of Cadmium Red to the twisted buds, making them more substantial. I’m slightly concerned that the blue is so intense that it pulls focus, but I think that this will balance when I have plant life on the lower right of the canvas.

The new flowers on the bottom left corner of the painting got a treatment of a tiny bit of Cadmium Red mixed with Foundation white, with a dab of pure white in their centers in preparation for a glaze of blue tomorrow, while the creeper above the wormwood has a glaze of Sap Green and drop shadows added throughout in Raw Umber. Clearly this all needs more detail, because it’s so forward in the composition.

That yellow dress is going to have to change.

About pearce

Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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