Sunday, June 2, 2013

Peonies, Iris and Lilacs

Finally Flowers!
It's been a funny Spring...cold, then hot, then cold again...the flowers are late but the excessive rains are turning things into a jungle!
As things are looking right now it will probably be an extremely prolific year in the gardens.  I love the is so satisfying to see them blooming again.

Peonies, Iris and Lilacs    oil   17x23

I tried a complimentary palette as suggested in the book "Yin and Yang of painting".  It was interesting.  I had a lot of fun.  This one is all created with tones of yellows and purples.  It's rather surprising what colors you can mix using those two basic color tones plus white and black.  I did push the purple a bit in using Quinacridone Rose, and I put just a little dab of ultramarine blue for the Irises "beard"....but otherwise it's just the limited palette.  I'm going to try this some more.

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