Monday, May 7, 2007

Wild Violets

5” x 7” (12.7cm x 17.8cm) acrylic on gessoed Masonite®
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This is the third and last painting in the wildflower series. The violets bloomed after the dandelion came up but still in time for Mothers Day. I wanted to contrast the purple color of the violets with the yellows and greens in the leaves and stems. That makes this composition a yellow/purple contrast with red/green secondary contrast.
This painting took more time then I anticipated since my tubes of Brilliant Purple and Medium Magenta were not longer usable so it required a trip to the art supply store. There was no way I could mix those brilliant colors from scratch. Then my camera had a hard time seeing the colors I had painted so I needed to take a lot of photos and adjust the lighting to come close to the actual colors. Those vivid purples are hard to duplicate. I’m ready for a break.

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