Diving a little deeper

Two more layers on Sky Pads 29

It’s starting to float between appearing cloudy or watery after the last two layers. Still not dark enough, so there will probably be at least two more layers, or maybe even three. This photo shows the two layers I brushed on today, the first one being plain old yellow and plain old purple–not necessarily blended together but just sharing the same canvas. The second layer was a mix of mars red and phthalo green. Mars red is kind of brick-colored, and phthalo green is a bright green that trends toward blue. Mixed together they give a nice rich deep green. When this new green was applied in a transparent layer it took on either a blue cast or a green cast depending on what was underneath it. The in-house art critic suggested I take a photo including our orange tabby cat. Could have been a FaceBook page game of “find the cat”. I respectfully declined.

“Bird”, our orange tabby. He was named for Charlie Parker. All three of our cats are named for jazz greats.

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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12 Responses to Diving a little deeper

  1. chris ludke says:

    That looks like you’re getting a lot of depth with the colors!

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  2. Thanks for sharing your process – and your kitty 😀


  3. Emma Cownie says:

    Just as a random obseravtion, I always regret using Mars Red, it just seems to dominate everything. I think I confuse it with bidable Red ochre.

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    • Alli Farkas says:

      Yeah, mars red can be a little weird. When I started using it decades ago it was quite opaque. Didn’t like it so mostly ignored it. Then one day I bought a tube of Sennelier mars red and, lo and behold for some reason it was transparent. I have no idea why. It may be a synthetic pigment, but when I look at the pigment info on the tube it’s just a long string of letters and numbers. Anyhow, it behaves a bit differently from the opaque version and works beautifully with all my other transparent oils. I seldom use it by itself, but will use it quite often to tone or completely change another color. In the right proportions—mostly mars red with just a touch of phthalo green—I am able to get a luscious dark green which I love.

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  4. rangewriter says:

    OMG. I’m sorry. But okay on your painting…but I’m in love with bird! I knew another cat, Miles, who also liked to hang out in the bathroom sink. Yes, Miles.

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  5. jofox2108 says:

    It looks amazing!! (I love that your cat is named for Charlie Parker!)

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  6. Nancy Powers says:

    So interesting to follow the progress. Will you ever paint the flowers into the pads? And you know I love cats…..”Bird” is a handsome guy!


    • Alli Farkas says:

      There are three varieties of lily pads in the pond, but I only paint the two that don’t bloom because I think they present themselves with much more interesting patterns. Way back when I did my first lily pad series (1990’s) I painted lotus, which did bloom abundantly and I used some of the flowers now and then. But even so, I was still more interested in leaves–kind of like trying to get the feel of a bug on a leaf experience. I guess I haven’t gotten there yet.


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