©2014 Dave Casey
6×6″ – oil on gessobord
Click here to go to the Daily Paintworks auction page
This is a very interesting painting. I got the idea from a video I saw on YouTube, by Richard Robinson, an Australian painter and teacher. In it he suggests doing a painting in greys, but not using black and white to get those greys. He did it with French Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna, two complimentary colors. So I decided to try a painting using those two colors and I do have to say, I like this one.
It was actually pretty simple. After deciding on the subject, it was just a matter of getting the light and shadow portions placed properly. When you are mixing only two colors there are only two way to go. From the middle to the darker side or from the middle to the lighter side. The lighter side will be a little more colorful than the darker side. Obviously.
I did use quite a bit of medium (walnut alkyd), to get the really light tone for the sky and a lot of medium to get the dark shape of the tree placed. And the colorful foliage of the tree was less and less medium, giving me a thicker paint that would stand up to some scumbling. Some of the paint is quite thick as I needed to go over a few areas again and again to get the value right where I wanted it.
6×6″ oil on gessobord.