At the moment I am working a canvas which is destined for my next solo show in May next year, this being the largest canvas in the collection of paintings that I will be exhibiting. I used here a raw sienna ground (see below) which creates a warm yellow earth base on which to lay on my colours. I spent a while trying to create a particular green-blue jade colour , based around phthalo blue, which will work so well with the cadmium red light that I plan to use here, its early days yet, so anything might happen, who knows, but all I know, is that by looking at great art like The Annunciation by Jacques Yverni d.1435-38 this can only help my cause.
|The Annunciation Jacques Yverni French d.1435|
|The Virgin Mary Antoniazzo Romano d. 1508|
The annunciation by Jacques Yverni French d.1435, and The Virgin Mary Invoking God to Heal the Hand of Pope Leo 1 by Antoniazzo Romano d.1508 there did it!! And the images here are not the best colour representation, which slightly defeats my object, in my attempt to share with you their deliciousness. The Annunciation is maybe 6 or so feet wide and 5 or so feet in length, a large alter piece depicting the Virgin Mary receiving Angel Gabriel’s good tidings; a tall lily is cast between them, and the virgin’s left hand is gently resting on an open text reading ‘My soul does magnify the Lord’. this large painting beautifully iridescent with its overall ground of gold leaf which imbues it with a sunny radiance of warmth and well being. This painting is nearly 600 years old, so I wonder whether the ethereal duck egg blue and greens of the angels wings and the faded indigo -prussian blue of the architectural elements were originally that colour, but who cares it is