|Lupine Dreams 9x12 oil en plein air|
With my split-primary palette, it's usually a struggle to get lupine colors just right. So, I always pull out a few special colors. This year, I'm trying manganese violet and manganese blue hue. (All are from Gamblin.) The blues, violets and pinks that I can mix with my usual palette just get too dull when mixed with white; I can't get a really rich tint for the sunniest flower heads. With these other colors, however, I can. The manganese blue hue has a bit of phthalo blue in it, and that helps maintain the chroma.
|Lupines by the Sea 9x12 oil en plein air|
To my eyes, the shadowed foliage under the lupines has a great deal of warmth to it. I like to paint these shadows with a mixture of cadmium yellow deep and either ultramarine blue or cerulean blue. Areas that are touched by sunlight I keep cooler with tints of greenish-blues. Sometimes, to keep the cool passages from being too monotonous, I may start off with an underpainting of a warmer green. This year, I'm finding Gamblin's green chartreuse to be perfect for this. You can see spots of this popping through in the first painting, "Backlit Lupine Patch."
All three paintings are currently up at auction. I hope you'll bid!
|Morning Glare and Lupines 9x12 oil en plein air|