Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Autumn Market

Autumn Market - oil on panel - 12 x 9 inch
Kingston's market changes frequently depending on the season; which vendors are out. It's a fav painting subject as its usually a hive of activity.  
I started this piece before the holidays, with a limited palette of warm colours(cad yellow pale, cad red, burnt umber, ultra blue). Then I lost my way and life got busy! 
While it sat on the easel drying, screaming for attention, I gave the whole thing a glaze of indian yellow just  to shut it up.!! ha ha ha! Sometimes it just feels good to give it the old wipe over!
Besides, there's a magic with glazes that often can add depth and completely change a paintings direction(I was hoping!)  
Today the glaze was fully dry, and I thought "No time like the present"...I added the figures of the mother and daughter, which improved things...Eureka! The whole thing was hideously yellow from the glaze, but I began the process of juggling tones/colours and applying them over the glaze... finding what was right... The sky went through a transition of at least 3 different tints before I felt good with it.


  1. I like the warmth the glaze has given the painting Sally. It has a real warm autumn day feeling. Lovely.
    XOXOXO Barbara

  2. I like the way you've used a limited palette. Great ambience!

  3. Hi Wendy,
    thanks! I love using a limited palette. I keep trying different ones, trying to work out what my fav combinations are.


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