In every issue of Somerset Studio, they always have the With One Palette feature, which I love because it shows what you can do with just 3 or 4 different shades of paint and that's what I used for the background of each of these paintings.
Here's the background and the colors that I used--
The background color is more true on the paintings than it is on this photo.
First I put a layer of watery gold ochre on it, and when that was dry I applied Pthalo green, Raw sienna, and Titan buff all over--blotted, wiped off, reapplied until I was happy with the results, And also just a teeny smidge of Paynes gray. So I guess that's 5 colors, but who's counting. The main reason I 'm showing this is for me. Remember, this blog is my art journal, and I wanted to journal this, because I love the result, and I'm going to forget how I did it. In the beginning of the year, my plan was to have a real life journal--okay, whatever!
And also, later when it was dry (a note to myself), I splattered some titan buff all over it.
And did I tell you that I like to paint sun faces--I'm pretty sure I did. Well this time I wanted to make big, big ones, These are on 12 x 16 gallery wrapped canvases--so the faces are pretty big and I love them!