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  • Writer's pictureHilda Van Netten

Painting is Poetry

The mossy background spaces are almost covered with paint! That is bitter-sweet to me. I don't want this painting to end. I've been using some interesting greens and blues for the mosses. One of them is a Daniel Smith Fuschite Genuine. Here is how Jackson's Art describes this colour:

Fuchsite Genuine is a luminous pearly green colour with a shimmer. Made from pure Fuchsite, a Russian mineral with mica-like characteristics, this transparent mineral colour is great for layering delicate green to add lustre and dimension to a painting.

So, that's some of what colour you see on the moss by the blue arrow. I will now paint over some parts of that moss with warmer colours like a mixture of Hookers Green, Yellow Ochre and Burnt Sienna. Then, it should look like the rest of the moss around the mushrooms. It will have more depth of colour. Most of the shadows are dark enough now, but after everything is done, I'll go around the whole painting to see if some need to still be darkened.

The last of the mosses have been sketched at the bottom right.

Finding the balance of cool colours and warm ones in a painting is something to think about. I am aiming for a high percentage of warm ones in this painting with a tiny amount of cools. I think that combination will resonate with the viewer's soul. The cool colours will seem like a gift.

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt,

and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”

Leonardo da Vinci

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