Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Challenge Day 2: The Language of Dreams

"Summer Swish" 8x10 equine oil painting SOLD
Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams. Paul Gauguin

Day 2 Goal: Capture a hot August day with a bright but limited palette

Hope everyone enjoyed a lovely sunny last August weekend like we had here.  Many thanks to all everyone who visited yesterday for painting challenge day 1! Did you see all the amazing Day 1 paintings? 

Since these will be almost daily postings I’m going to try to keep these postings short and sweet.  Plus, I need to spend as much time in the studio as possible. So today my “color” theme continues with different three pigment palette (plus white):
  • Cobalt blue
  • Permanent Rose
  • Indian Yellow
At first I wasn’t so sure about this combo, but I grew to love it. I don’t use cobalt that often (I tend to avoid the more toxic and pricey pigments). But it's a delicate transparent blue that makes luscious violets so I can see why it's on so many oil painters' palettes

I was actually birding in a park a few weeks ago when I saw these pair of horses grazing on a hillside. I'm a lifelong horse lover so I’m happy to report that this piece has already been sold to a neighbor who rides. The best part of a daily challenge? You get a fresh canvas in the morning! Happy late summer painting everyone!


  1. So much fun to see what you do with your palette. These choices worked well for you.

  2. Thanks very much Helen--I really enjoyed this one. And it was fun to concentrate on the color and be a little more "loose and painterly" with the brushwork. Thanks again!