Summer's Beginning 8" x 10" Oil/Panel
This little painting is a little different than any of the previous pieces that I have painted. It is only different in that I toned the gessoed panel with a lemon yellow stain. This is the first time that I can remember using something other than the usual reddish stain. It seemed a little strange at the start. The sketch , to my eyes, looked to be really 'contrasty' in comparison to previous starts on the more familiar red background.
For this painting , I used my usual limited palette, as mentioned in previous paintings. The initial sketch in this painting, I must add, was layed in using ultramarine blue and burnt sienna. I have recently read that using this combination rather than ultramarine blue and alizarin ( alizarin being less permanent) which is my habit, produces a sketch that when other colours are applied over it, produces a less "muddy" mix. Hmm, I am not so sure, ..yet. The jury is still out on that one.
Painting with the yellow stained background has been a good eye opener and fun exercise.