Lured by the Colors. But looking for gold.

In the obsidian indigo depths and the cerulean shallows.

I find the colors pleasing. Soothing. Melodic.

A beautiful summer’s melody you can only hear if you stop and really listen for it.

 

oil painting on wood board, abstract river in greens, indigo blue, cerulean and cobalt green paints, debiriley.com
Cerulean Shallows & Obsidian Depths

 

Abstract Oil Painting on Wood

 

Where is the gold?

Hidden underneath.

Unseen.

 

 

 

 

We have to dig.

Search it out.

 

Or we will pass it by.

 

 

 

 

Findings from the storm

 

The storm rages.

Torrents of water flood downstream.

Carting along the dirt, the sand, minerals, and gold in its wake.

 

The dark currents of indigo, churn the minerals and sediments as they slough off the hillsides and course down the river bed.

The dense nuggets and flakes of gold bounce along, buffeted, finally settling.

Into little protected pockets, small little envelopes.

Perfect for resting in, perfect for hiding in.

 

 

So its right after a really  big storm….

that is the best time to go on your gold quest.

 

Give the water time to settle and clear.

Then head for the hills.

There’s new gold, in the river.

In the obsidian depths and past the cerulean shallows.

 

 

 

 

Oil on Wood

I had a lot of fun playing with oil paints, this time using an old wood board.

It was quite beaten and rough.

The textures of the grain show through.

 

Diversifying my painting supports is a great way to both challenge myself and to obtain something unique.  Something worth repeating.

Its a risk!  I win some, I lose some.

But, I never know unless I give it a go.

This worked out nicely with river like textures showing through.

 

 

How the paint was applied.

The old wood board was primed and gessoed, then allowed to dry.

Time to paint….

White, Winsor Lemon, Indigo, Cerulean oil paints were used and blended together.

I used an old stiff paint brush and cotton rag to apply the paint.

With a dominantly horizontal directional movement, slightly angled.

 

Tonal Values:

By limiting the colors and ensuring clear tonal values within, the image even as an abstract – holds the eye.

While the my previous art painting Watercolors Inspired by Peace – was a great example of what High Key is,   this painting is a good representation of Low Key.

 

High Key: a higher ratio of White, Light and Mid tones rather than Darks.

Low Key: a higher ratio of Mid and Dark tones rather than Light/white tones.

 

 

 

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Points I like about Obsidian Depths….

I love this color palette

The specific color selection creates  “A  Mood”

 

It is Simple,

yet my eye can be at ease within it for quite some time,  Resting

 

Our eye is zoomed right in to a small space within the river,

Zooming in, makes it  feel – Personal.

 

The wood’s texture worked for me;

it helped to provide the front dark eddies on top of the cerulean

 

 

 

Without the obsidian band (indigo) this image would fail.

Without the few tiny, fragile snips of golden flakes it would fail.

Without the color’s edges being properly blurred, it would fail.

Without the Square format, it also would fail.

 

There are lots of things to ponder before we paint, as we paint, after we paint.

But.

These things, should never take away from the fun and freedom,  the spontaneous creativity we have while we paint.   

Its always,  much more important … to just paint.

 

 

 

 

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