Monday, September 14, 2009

The green, green grass

This painting has been selected for the 2010 Society of Women Artists' exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London 1st - 10th July.



Oil on hardboard 8" x 8" Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this painting

i decided to test myself by doing a mini-series of landscapes. I decided on 12 as an appropriate number as I am basically an analogue girl rather than a digital one (12 shillings to the pound - no you won't remember). It wasn't easy - a bit like taking medicine - so I have been completing 2 or 3 each day over the past few days. Today I finished the twelfth but I will put them up in ones and twos. I am putting them up in the order in which I painted them. They tend to get brighter as I go along, LOL. Also I introduced some new colours - alizarin crimson instead of indian red and turquoise which makes nice greens mixed with yellow ochre.

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Blogger Gwen Bell said...

GORGEOUS! Love that red underpainting showing through everywhere. Wonderful color palette as well.

8:01 PM  
Blogger Sheila Vaughan said...

Thank you Gwen for your encouraging comments.

9:03 PM  
Blogger Theresa Evans said...

Those greens look really juicy against the crimson ... and a hint autumnal. Lovely painting Sheila.

12:09 AM  
Blogger Susan Liles said...

Lovely landscapes! Like your unique style and color choices. Enjoy your work!

5:34 AM  
Blogger Sheila Vaughan said...

Theresa - thanks, used one of your acrylic purply reds for the underpainting! I enjoyed working this one.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Sheila Vaughan said...

Susan, thank you. Nice to hear from you.

8:19 AM  
Blogger rahina q.h. said...

sounds like you have been having a lot of fun while being totally focussed. beautiful colours, work so well together. and good tips for greens:)r.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Sheila Vaughan said...

Hi Rahina - yes, you put it well, both fun and focussed. I wanted to risk things a little, so trying less laboured paint application and a few different colours. As to greens, I'm always on the look out for more. The only tube green I like to use is Terre Verte; mixed with lavender it makes a beautiful hazy green for distance, as does lavender with yellow ochre. (Lavender is a Holbein Duo water mixable shade but it might be the same as ultramarine with white and a touch of crimson, not sure).

9:34 AM  
Blogger Mary Sheehan Winn said...

You're inspiring me. I need to do a bunch of paintings for a show that has to be hung the end of October. Yikes!
These are beautiful, Sheila. You are the master of understated grays.

4:34 PM  
Blogger Sheila Vaughan said...

Mary, glad to think I might have helped to spur you on. I found that after the first few I was working faster and more spontaneously. Plus I was using a lot of the same mixings already on the palette. I felt good about it too!! Thanks for visiting and good luck with your show.

9:17 PM  
Blogger Barbara M. said...

Hi Sheila,

This is beautiful. I love the colour combination. I also love the abstract feeling.

Super.

Take care,

Barbara

2:24 AM  
Blogger Sheila Vaughan said...

Thank you Barbara. I'd like to push the abstraction a bit further but I'm finding it takes its time!

7:33 AM  

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