Bob Baker “Trail, Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve (Pochade)” (2012)

14 Apr

Bob Baker, Trail, Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve (Pochade) (2012)

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Happy Saturday!  Here’s my latest pochade.  I painted it from life this morning at Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, southwest of Chicago.  Once again I used a small, 6″ x 8″ linen-covered board as medium.  This time I limited myself to three fairly large brushes and a palette knife and restricted my colors to the following five: White (a titanium-zinc blend), Ivory Black, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre and Cobalt Blue.  I was able to get a surprising range of colors by blending these.  I was particularly surprised at the range of greens available by blending Yellow Ochre, Ivory Black and Cobalt Blue in different ways.

This took me a bit longer than the prior one, but still not very long — a little under an hour.  It actually takes a little longer to blend colors with the more limited color palette.  I’m enjoying this style of painting and plan to keep it up.  I especially like using the simple earth-tones — basically the same colors found in prehistoric cave paintings.  It gives the finished work a basic, primordial feel.

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