The Left Panel is Complete
The left panel for this triptych project is now mostly complete. I showed this image to the collectors who are commissioning it, and their response was “!!Gorgeous!”, so I think I can safely assume I’m on the right track here.
I will add a few reflections of the light – especially the light that will bounce from the top side of the stone slab into the lower shaded areas of the marbles. That’s only about an hour’s worth of work, but I’ll wait until this layer is dry before proceeding with that. By tomorrow I should be well into painting the marbles on the central panel.
I’m working with a restricted palette for this piece – just 6 different colors plus black and white. As long as you choose the right colors, it is amazing how flexible and rich a limited palette can be. For those who are curious, here is the palette: Cadmium Yellow Medium, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson (Permanent), Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Titanium White, and Ivory Black.
This provides a warm and a cool version of each primary color (yellow, red, and blue), as well as an opaque and transparent version of each, which is an important but often overlooked consideration when mixing colors. For instance, Cadmium Red is a warm, opaque, and powerful red, whereas the Permanent Alizarin is cool, transparent, and delicate.
After a decade of barely touching it, I recently added Cerulean Blue back on my palette, and I’m loving it. Most blues are classified as transparent or semi-transparent, but Cerulean is really opaque, and that makes is highly valuable for certain mixtures.