Tuesday, 16 July 2013

A Little Midsummer Mozart

 
Ooh, I love summer. Warm days and birdsong, picnics and ice cream, reading on the beach and swims in the sea, (err perhaps not, this is Britain). Anyway now it's here, summer is proving to be quite decent, opposite to last year when we had flooding. Of course, gorgeous weather does make it awfully hard to stay put in the studio, as there is always an excuse to get out there and make the most of it while it lasts.

Strong, bright sunshine creates the most amazing contrast.
The small blooms of the bramble.

Well, work is not going to get itself done, so better get to it. Bramble leaves are quite lovely with their network of fine veins and the contrast of delicate, lemony tones and rich greens against the intense crimson touches on the serrated edges. There is quite a complicated pattern to the serrations and it is easy to get a bit carried away and lose the much hard worked for definition, (I've done this before and had to start all over again). Alizarin Crimson and my favourite Perylene Maroon mixed with a little Ultramarine gives a lovely colour for this tricky little job, which is usually one of the last things I do. A small brush, patience and a little Mozart set me up nicely. 

These smaller leaves have a bright, fresh green
and reddish tones on the serrations

The fine network of veins, will be hard work to get right


The serrations on my first bramble painting.
The same rusty colours are used around the nibble holes



Lemony greens against deeper, bluer tones.
My favourite Indanthrene Blue, Lemon Yellow
and Perylene Maroon mix.
Aureolin also works, as a richer alternative to the Lemon.
And a touch of Cerulean to the mixes makes the bluer shades. 


Looking at the composition I have, I would really like to add a sprig of ripe, juicy blackberries to compliment the blooms of early summer, offering some suggestion of the life-cycle of the plant itself. Not sure where yet, but I still have plenty of time to ponder that one and more than enough to be getting on with in the meantime.  

coming along nicely
    
       
P.S. If your out and about in Blighty this summer, don't forget to check out some of the great exhibitions that are on just now. Some of these fab art experiences are listed in my 'What's Going On?' list. Dive in.
 
   

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