This is the view from the back of my house. The wall of the house behind (a series of flats) being white makes the shadow colours sing. The wooden bars at the top are the edge of a flat roof which is used as “open space” by the flat above. I used a fine cotton stretched canvas and applied 2 coats of acrylic white gesso. After defining the design, I started to apply paint to the shadow areas. I’m particularly pleased the way the colour developed within the shadows. I used ultramarine blue with a red ochre and a touch of alizarin crimson mixed together to produce a variety of violets. After applying this mix in position with a brush, I scrubbed it into the canvas with a cotton pad. This helps the colours move about and therefore produced a variety of colours. The white areas (which are more yellow than white as the sun was setting), are painted impasto with a brush.
oil paints and oil mediums