Studio reflections on paintings by Robert Marchessault.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Mojave Verde, 2011, oil/panel, 60x40" (click to enlarge)
I am continuing to experiment with colour and how it suggests space. This painting has a very simple spacial background. I used the white hills of the Mojave desert in the distance to set out a simple horizontal division. I kept details to a minimum, just enough to lay out the idea of "far away". I mixed a manganese violet with white and blue to create the colour in the sky. I wanted to see if this unusual colour suggests both light and air so that the central tree form is defined. It worked!