Donna Clair

Southwest Contemporary Artist


#108 – VALDEZ AUTUMN DAY – Underpainting
30″X30″ Original Oil on Fine Artist’s Canvas

Here is the very beginning of a new painting (most colors are mixed with MG Fast Drying White and Turpentine– My colors in the sky are Indanthrone Blue and a little Thalo Green. The highlights in the clouds are MG with a little Cadmium Red and Cadmium Yellow; the greys are a combination of Davy’s Grey and Payne’s Grey mixed with the white. The darks in the mountain are a combination of straight Prussian Blue and Burnt Sienna — the lighter colors are the sky colors mixed with the dark combination. The trees and chamisa – different combinations of the following: Cadmium Red, Cadmium Ochre, Chrome Oxide Green Opaque, Cadmium Orange, some Diox Purple and the joys of a “DIRTY BRUSH” — Don’t rinse your brushes after each color — just keep on going with all the colors — it adds a certain coherence to the color mixtures. This underpainting needs to dry for about a week before I attempt the glazing process. Stay tuned!

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