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I have decided to stop fiddling with this one, kept changing colours and tones and found it frustrating trying to mix the correct colours for the horse's coat, that orange -y red !! tried all sorts of combinations, the best was red ochre and yellow ochre lightened with naples yellow. Wasted a lot of paint finding that out!
I finished this painting a few days ago and didn't get around to posting it, small paintings like this sometimes take as long to paint as larger ones.
I bought these miniature sweet peppers at a local shop, they taste more aromatic than their big brothers, I'm saving their seeds and may try to grow one or two plants. The weather here is very windy and not very warm so they will need quite a bit of protection.
I finished this painting on Tuesday and had an op on Wednesday for the removal of a cataract from my right eye. Now looking at the painting on Thursday the colours looked different through my right eye much whiter and brighter. So I adjusted some of the tones and colours on this painting, it will be interesting too, when I get the left eye done how my vision will have changed overall.
The weather here is finally become Spring like, we have had a couple of rain free, sunny days with some spectacular evening skies, got one or two good shots of the sky after sun down which may turn into paintings. I've got to figure out my camera to get the colours of the night sky and not lose the last light on the land, which comes out too dark usually. If the camera sensor is trained on the land then the sky is washed out. I tend to glaze over when reading the manual for my camera although I am sure all the answers are there!
Dogs don't need words, they can tell us so much with their body language and eyes. My dog Mickey when he was waiting for his walk and it wasn't forthcoming fast enough, used to sigh and let his upper body slump and the look of sadness he could give you would melt any heart!
8" x 10" = 20 x 25 cm oil on panel
I was out taking sunset photos down by The Shannon River that runs through the edge of our town when I spotted this blue boat pushed up onto the banks of a little inlet. Lone boats make for interesting subject matter.