That’s not really green

Here we have the third pass for Sky Pads 36. It looks like there’s quite a bit of green in the picture now. The truth is, it’s a kind of soft navy blue (if there even is such a thing) which I mixed using phthalo blue, which is a really bright blue, and some mars red, which looks sort of like dark red bricks. Putting the new “navy” mix over the yellow gave it a green cast. And because the colors I mixed it from are transparent, it gives a feeling of looking through them.

There’s still a bit more contrast to be added to this painting, then I can figure out, once again, how to unite the subject with the background. As I have had many times, I have a plan. I’m simply not sure it will work. I’d like to make sure the lily pads continue to look like they’re floating, but not necessarily in water. Maybe in some ephemeral concoction.

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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12 Responses to That’s not really green

  1. jofox9973 says:

    I am really liking this one!!! 🙂

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  2. Emma Cownie says:

    How quickly do you lay down each layer? – I imagine you do them at a slow mediative pace because you write about each one individually. Of course, I could have it all wrong.

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    • Alli Farkas says:

      The time it can take to do one layer depends on the intricacy of the design. Sometimes one day, sometimes 2 or 3. The medium I use to thin my oil paint and increase transparency contains a dryer to help it set up quickly. If I were in a hurry and very careful with brush pressure and content percentage of medium in the next layer, I could probably lay it on a couple of hours later. However, I like to give myself some extra safety room, so I usually wait at least one day before doing another layer. Most of the time other stuff I have to take care of intrudes on my painting schedule and it can be a few (or many!) days later that the next layer goes on. Some times it takes a few days just to keep observing what’s already done and decide what would work best in the next episode…

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  3. rangewriter says:

    Thanks for explaining that color process. When I read your comment that the green (to me) lily pads were really soft navy blue, I was wondering which one of us was utterly mad. 😂 I think they are a lovely shade of green.


    • Alli Farkas says:

      It’s always interesting to me how some strange color mixes can produce unexpected colors. I often play around with non-traditional mixes just to see what I can get. The transparency of the layers makes it a daredevil game unless you’ve tried them out first on some scrap canvas or palette paper leftovers. After I’ve tried them out I save them with written notes as to what colors created a particular end product. I have stacks of these things. When I’m puzzling as to what I want I can shuffle through them looking to see if I’ve already got a good one filed away.


  4. Priti says:

    Excellent combination lily pads ore looking floating! Well shared😊


  5. chris ludke says:

    I just wanted to tell you I love the floaty sky pads and I still haven’t seen your blog on my list but I do see your posts. Maybe you were one of my first blog friends back in 2016 or 17. It’s not giving me the whole list. I might eliminate more then older ones show up. I’d kind of like to go all the way back so the job is complete. But yours and Sunnysides are the only ones I like if it shows up in black type. Didn’t want to worry you with my purging my blog of bots and all. I would miss you if you weren’t on WordPress.


  6. chris ludke says:

    AAAHHH!!! I found yours in blue!! 2018!!


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