Shadows Across The Land, can you Imagine…
As the sun sets behind the darkened wall, Night looms. But for a second still…. the glimmers of iridescent viridian and ultramarine can yet be seen. Quake not, that night falls. Slumber we all and immortal we be not.
Viridian Green PG18
Viridian got its name from the Latin word “viridis” meaning green. It comes from the verb “vireo” to be verdant, to sprout. It is a blue-green made from chromium oxide dehydrate which was patented in 1859.
Viridian has a very good lightfast rating I which is excellent I’m happy to report! Viridian is a lovely transparent, clean green, that granulates (leaves gorgeous textural effects.)
I would normally, mix it with other colours to tone it down a bit. Viridian, as a strong green can elicit either quite favourable responses in the viewer or can garner a very unpleasant reaction. Green can do that!
Viridian mixed with earth colours: Siennas and Umbers it will create the most lovely natural foliage greens. When mixed with Rose madder or permanent rose, it will create great soft greys.
Mixed with ultramarine it creates many variations of blue greens that are perfect for water and ocean scenes. Viridian can be a strong colour all by itself, and unless that is specifically the mood/effect you are after, you’ll want to ‘tame the beast.’
Ultramarine Blue PB29
Ultramarine also was named from a Latin word, meaning ” Beyond the Seas.” Due to the fact that it was Lapis mined from Afghanistan and imported by sea transport.
These days, our ultramarine paint is not ground up Lapis Lazulis, but a substitute that is much cheaper. Synthetic sodium sulfo silicate product we know as Ultramarine Pb29 was invented about 1826.
Ultramarine is Lightfast I. Is relatively clean, a fantastic granulator! Mixes well with others.
Brilliant with Burnt Sienna, for chocolates, burgundy, browns, greys, slate blue- grey, blacks, blue greys. Mixed with raw umber, raw sienna, quinacridone gold will create lovely foliage greenery.
Mixes like a charm with Permanent Alizarin Crimson for the most delightful vibrant purple violets. Ultramarine is also good in multi-blue blends. Mixing cerulean, indanthrone, indigo, phalo, cobalt with ultramarine in varying ratios ….. can provide some stunning and unexpected colour blends!
Watercolour Landscape Painting processes
- With no white of the paper left, this painting required a very strong dark as its deepest dark in order to make the paler orange sky area appear much lighter than it actually is.
- The diagonal sweep from left to right with the viridian leads the eye in and upwards, giving some direction and movement.
- I used both wet splatter and some dry brush to create textural effects in the foreground area.
- The slash of red was a bit of cad red on my thumb that I quickly rubbed across towards the top.
- I chose to use primary colours that were very direct and not subtle for this image. Perhaps to emphasise the drama of the setting sun and coming twilight.
- Again, this is not a smooth, subtle piece….. but still, the tonal values are sufficient, the design leads you in, there is adequate background – middle ground – foreground, and my eye goes to a specific focal area upper left.
- There is also a very strong mood, atmosphere attached to this image – its not a neutral ho hum. Its an image you either love or will dislike vigorously!