|Jim Serrett Prelude to Spring Oil on panel 8x10|
The painting above was done over three sittings on location around mid afternoon. The first sitting was a simple washed underpainting of burnt umber to establish a tonal composition.
I have been working with a simple Earth Palette comprised of four colors, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, burnt umber, ultramarine blue, and white. These low key earth palettes will make you look closely at building color relationships and thinking about color saturation.
Much of the subtly in these color families can not truly be seen or appreciated unless you actually mix one of these charts. For example ultramarine blue mixed with burnt sienna or burnt umber produce two beautiful mixed blacks and an entire range of warm and cool grays. This is what I used in the study Prelude to Spring and in the chart for my mixed black or shade.
In the spring, at the end of the day,
you should smell like dirt.
Explore – Question – Learn – Enjoy, Jim