Painting of Sicily

Today I used my original acrylic painting to make a detailed drawing of the main shapes in the photograph, using violet paint that I mixed with my oils: alizarin crimson and ultramarine blue. As you can see I made the distant mountains smaller. I divided the foliage on the left side into areas where different types of trees and cacti are growing. I defined the buildings.

The next photo is the painting. The big blocks of color are done with large brush strokes and at this stage I am trying to get the color values correct. Now I will look at the painting over the next few days and will further refine it. I actually love the sky the way it is so probably won’t do anything to change that.

I use three colors plus white: Cadmium yellow light, Alizarin Crimson and ultramarine blue. I use Gamblin paint. These colors are the primary colors and all colors can be mixed from them. In John Pototschnick’s book, Limited Palette Unlimited Color, he describes 46 different palettes using the three primary colors. There are 6 two color plus white palettes, 16 three color plus white palettes, 9 four color plus white palettes, 12 five color plus white palettes and 3 seven color plus white palettes. In this painting I used one of his four color plus white palettes. In my next blog I will show the final painting and describe my palette for this painting.

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