Sunday, December 13, 2009

Dawn: Lavender, Viridian and Amber, acrylic on 12 inch canvas

Dawn: Lavender, Viridian and Amber. 12 inch canvas. Acrylic. Vivien Blackburn

Still in Christmas present mode! This is a present for my eldest daughter. She's moved into a new home and decided she wanted white walls and seascapes ..... a hint?????

I did this one from references you've seen before but decided to combine elements from several.

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The colours aren't showing up quite right in the complete image. There is more of that viridian/eau de nil green in the water. The clouds are a slightly more subtle colour.

Unusually for me, it's done entirely in acrylic - acrylic paint with some acrylic ink.

I may yet add small touches of white oil paint with a palette knife to improve the sparkle on the water and the waves. What do you think?

8 comments:

Julie Broom said...

If I was your daughter Vivien, I think I'd also have white walls with lots of seascapes too! This is absolutely stunning - the depth is amazing. It's quite difficult to tell from the photo whether adding more white in oil is necessary, however I always think extra sparkle never goes amiss.

caseytoussaint said...

How beautiful! Your daughter's such a lucky girl.

dinahmow said...

Will you be my mummy, too?

Also - I have some photos on the Our Nine blog.

vivien said...

thank you all :>D

I'm off to look Dinah - and I'll ask Anita if she has an address to forward the books I have, so they move on again.

I'll wait until after the Christmas post though, a little safer.

Brian McGurgan said...

What a gorgeous painting, Vivien - your daughter is very lucky! At first look I thought it was done in mixed media and mostly with watercolor. I think the sparkle on the water looks just perfect as is but that's just me - I'm sure it will look good with whatever you decide. Best wishes for a very happy and healthy New Year!

vivien said...

Thank you Brian :>) and a very Happy New Year to you to

They loved it and have a place where they intend to hang it planned :>) so great relief!!

Cathy Gatland said...

Vivien, this is an absolutely beautiful painting - your daughter had to love it!
I just linked to your 'Working plein air - the hazards' post, if you don't mind - after a gruelling afternoon out today!

vivien said...

Cathy you are welcome - thank you :>)