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Plein Air Paintings from France, Italy, and Virginia
During my French Residency I painted plein air in Provence, Brittany, and Paris. My palette was only six colors! I used a split-complimentary palette. Mine consisted of two reds, Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Red Light, two yellows, Indian Yellow and Cadmium Lemon, and two blues, Ultramarine Blue and Manganese Blue. And of course large tubes to Mixed White and medium.
Under the gray skies of the Chesapeake Bay at home, I'd been using muted violets and earth tones for the shadows. Every color in a painting is like a jig-saw puzzle piece and can only be seen in relationship with those beside it.
Six years now since my France residency, color ideas gleaned from three painting trips in Italy seep into my palette. My plein air work now is mostly in watercolor. The idea of white space between colors seeps into my mixed media paintings.
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