Green, Blue, White. Acrylic of grey-green then Prussian blue and Zinc white oil paint sometimes thinned with Walnut oil or Liquin on canvas. 76 x 90cm.
An exercise in painting two colours onto a third. If I was to start again, I wouldn’t have chosen the white as it is too stark when laid on thickly and when thinned looked frosty. The tritone of colour made other aspects of the painting stand out, such as the brushstokes. Making the most of the paint was interesting. I chose a school palette (which looks like what you bake tarts in) and mixed up different amounts of the paint and the walnut oil and liquin ready to put onto the canvas. Tonal values became where the painting worked. You can see this in the black and white photograph underneath. The model was erudite and everyone had a good chat about the history and current state of the modelling world. They had stayed in the same pose for months on end. Imagine.
Some details showing how its works in black and white, the differing brushstrokes and opacities of the paint.
This work was created on Friday at the Mary Ward Centre, 42 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AQ. Click here for a link. https://www.marywardcentre.ac.uk
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