Monday, March 2, 2015

The Stage Is Set

March 1st:
A day of heavy snowfall, cooking, preparing panels for painting, and setting timers to begin the early morning studio routine anew after a hiatus of more than two years. 

March 2nd: 
The first offering of the new season - "The Stage Is Set" - a view of a corner of the studio done on a cradled birch panel using only five Golden Acrylic colors (Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Primary Cyan, Ultramarine Blue, and Titanium White)

The idea to use a limited pallet was inspired by Kevin MacPherson, an brilliant and generous landscape painter. His theory in using the limited pallet is that it trains an artist to control the pallet's hues and values. I agree, and am tempted to continue experimenting, switching the the paints to see how they "play" together. 

Golden Artist Colors, Inc. has a robust website with loads of technical information and inspiration for painters. The variety and quality of their colors and media have kept me working in acrylics despite the occasional lure of oil painting.

View the auction for "The Stage Is Set" on EBay.

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