Let’s Make it Hot

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It’s always a bit of a challenge for me, working with warm colors. I prefer the soothing cooler colors of blue, blue/green with perhaps a touch of color from the warm side of the color wheel. But these hot humid days in the studio have inspired me to try warming up my palette. I want to create a series of landscapes using predominantly warm colors to reflect the current weather patterns.

This is the first in the series. So far it’s an untitled painting and it’s 12″ x 12″ painted with acrylics. I used my current standard palette of Hansa Yellow Medium, Napthol Red Medium, Phtalo Blue (green shade), Titanium White, and I added Transparent Red Iron Oxide to the palette to create some deeper warm tones.

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Here’s the first step to the painting. I randomly brushed the surface with some cool colors…just to get rid of the white…then I used a painting knife to apply light molding paste. The molding paste has a bit of tooth and would allow me to use drawing media like graphite or colored pencil on the surface at any stage. But as it turns out, I chose not to add calligraphy. The texture you see in the final painting is actually the molding paste.

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I covered the surface with a golden yellow then used an old, rough stain brush to apply the oranges.3

I think the hot colors gave me a headache! I toned down the surface here by drybrushing mostly white over the sky area and adding a blue path.

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Here I defined the path a bit more then brought some of that blue color up into the sky. To complete the image I added a few more lights, a few more darks and glazed the orange area in the front of the painting with several layers of Transparent Red Iron Oxide to tone and deepen the color.

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Let’s Make it Hot

    • August 3, 2015 at 3:36 pm
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      😉

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  • August 3, 2015 at 10:32 am
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    Hi Bob…lovely picture. Love it when you share the process of your art. Look forward to more.
    Thanks,
    Barb

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    • August 3, 2015 at 3:36 pm
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      Thanks Barb. More will be coming soon!

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  • August 3, 2015 at 12:51 pm
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    Thank you for sharing your process. I love the balance of warm and cool. I laughed when you said the warm gave you a headache. Me too, here in TX especially. The texture in your piece is beautiful.

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    • August 3, 2015 at 3:35 pm
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      Thanks Denise. Appreciate your comments.

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