Plein Air With An Experimental Palette

A plein air painting done with the Ned Jacob palette

Weatherlea Plein Air. 9x12, oil on linen panel. 2014

A plein air painting done at Weatherlea Farm in Lovettsville, VA.  I used a palette consisting of ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson, cadmium orange and cadmium yellow medium, which is an unusual palette for me as the colors are all very strong.

I found it challenging to mix grays, even though I have prepared color charts for this particular combination of colors. I opted for a thicker paint application than usual which helped me get a feeling of light coming through the clouds in the overcast sky.

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