Friday, 5 February 2016

Valley near Snowshill, Broadway

Oil on Board, 10 x 14 inches

A very unseasonal green painting - seems very strange painting this in the middle of Winter, but it's for the John Noott gallery, and by the time they get it, Spring will be beckoning...

I do love painting the bare trees and muted tones of Winter, but it was nice for a change to use a lot more yellow and blue in the mixes on the palette, rather than much predominantly blue and red, with just a touch of yellow to make the greys. Same three colours used mind, with just a little raw Umber for the dark tones of the foreground Ash Tree. You can see that the darks in the mid-distance trees are bluer and a little lighter than the big tree, and the darks in the far distant trees, bluer and lighter still. It's all about tones to give your painting depth, and if you can achieve the right colour too, you're on to a winner, but tone is by far the most important.

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