Changing palette... ?

Jul 27, 2013

[gallery type="square" ids="1252,1253,1254,1255,1256,1257,1258,1260,1261"] For those of you who are familiar with my work will know that a sunny mountain or dale isn't really my kind of thing.  Whilst others rush out on glorious days like today to get up into the Lakes, Scotland or the Dales I tend to be the one grumbling and cursing the brightness of the sun and wanting some good old northern weather for some inspiration.  There truly is a reason why my studio is in the cellar... However there's a least one or two paintings a year where I go completely in the opposite direction and start painting in oranges, yellows and greens.  Whernside and Ribblehead Viaduct is a fine example.  Although some of you may have also noticed that even on those wintery scenes of mine that there's been a sneaky bit of spring green creeping into my work over the last couple of years. If you're familiar with the Lake District, in particular around Langdale Pikes and Mickleden valley you'll be familiar with the kind of green I'm referring to... i.e. there's been so much water pouring off these mountains type of green.  Well that was the start of the green invasion into my paintings and now my latest one "God's own..." is not only green but has yellow in there as well!. The green paint that I've used in God's Own for mixing and in other paintings such as Mickleden valley, Mickleden Valley and Langdale Pikes, etc is called Cinnabar Green from Vasari and it is delicious.... makes me think of crisp green apples when I'm mixing colours. Was about to say right I'm back to painting gloomy mountains now but that's not quite true, finishing my Wastwater paintings this weekend which include oranges, yellows and blues... God's Own (100 x 100 cm) will be featuring in my solo exhibition with The Old Grammar School Gallery which starts on 31 August 2013.
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