It was perfect timing since during those weeks we were painting around Prospect Park Lake, which was covered in one section with a bright green-yellow plant call Floating Water Primrose...coincidence or fate? With Chrome Yellow I was able to achieve a bright green yellow mixture, but one that was not as acidic as a Cadmium mixture. Cadmiums most of the time can be hard to work with because they can be too intense, and trying to tone down that intensity without effecting the clarity of the color can be very tricky. With Chrome Yellow I was able to get the desired brightness but without the unnatural acidic effect of a Cadmium Yellow.
Floating Water Primrose, Prospect Park Lake, 2016, oil on linen, 10 x 14 inches
Chrome Yellow aside, there was another change happening starting with these two paintings, and that is the full use of hog bristle brushes. It's been years since I've used bristle, but I think using sable brushes have caused me to become too detailed, and that's not good when painting in plein air because it takes too long to finish a painting. Most of the time I don't finish the paintings in that first session. Using bristle on these two paintings allowed me to be more free with paint and it also brought some much needed texture to my work.
Floating Water Primrose, Prospect Park Lake No. 2, 2016, oil on linen, 10 x 15 inches
Here they are, the last two paintings of summer, at least the ones painted in NYC. Six plein air paintings from Bali coming to this blog very soon, stay tuned!