Wednesday, 14 August 2013


Nasturtiums rambling along the hedgerow in my garden, a glorious and unmistakeable sign of summer.
I deliberately painted this alla prima, carefully thinking about each brushstroke before laying it down and once it was laid down trying very very hard not to mess with it. I wanted the freshness and punch that comes from this technique. 
I also needed the punchiest red and orange I could mix, so I used lots of cad yellow with a less-than-pea sized blob of Michael Harding Scarlet Lake. The pigment strength of his paints is quite unbelievable - it takes some getting used to. 

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