Saturday, April 25, 2009

Two limes


Tried out Prussian Blue for these. What a gorgeous color that is! but how easily it gets out of control (it's a VERY powerful pigment). I was very happy with how this turned out.


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17 comments:

r garriott said...

Lovely, subtle gradations!

Sandra Galda a Daily Painter said...

OOOH this is really beautiful! Love the realistic style you have. They really look solid, genuine, like I could slice them and put them in my pepsi...do you ever do that? Delicious! and so is the painting!

Janelle Goodwin said...

Wonderful limes, Jala. I know it takes great skill to work with Prussian blue. The stain never leaves the brushes.

sam said...

Lovely painting Jala, is Prussian blue quite green? Been a while since i used it, its always exciting trying different colours-im so childish!

bonnieluria said...

I see that Prussian shadow side and it's just the perfect solution for those dark green limes.
We have Persian limes ( as they're called here ) that are the size of oranges, no pits and each one makes about a cup of juice.

Vern Schwarz said...

These limes are fabulous. I always love your background treatments.

Patrice said...

I really like the palette. Even the background is luscious.

LSaeta said...

You should be happy with this. It's really great. So, prussian blue? I might have to try it sometime!

Jala Pfaff said...

R - Thank you!

Sandra -Thanks. I was also pleasantly surprised with how real-looking they turned out. Limes in Pepsi? Interesting. However, I don't like carbonation, so I don't drink any soda... I know, I'm weird.

Janelle - So true about the stain. That is one strong pigment!

Sam - Yes, indeed, it's quite green as soon as you reveal the undertone (by adding white or yellow etc.). By itself it's such an amazing deep blue too. It's super strong and staining, though, so be warned! There's also something indefinably wonderful about its texture. It's very shiny and sooo smooth...oily but not oily and thick like cad colors are. Prussian Blue also doesn't seem to separate (oil from pigment) like a cad. Anyway, a very unique experience. Mine is Winsor & Newton. I think one small tube would last about 20 lifetimes.

Bonnie - Oh my god, that sounds so delicious!!

Vern - Thank you! My neutral-colored backgrounds are often just a mix of whatever colors the subject is. And as you've noticed, I also love having a bit of the linen show through on the edges.

Patrice - Thank you. The background was mostly the same Prussian, mixed with Burnt Siena I believe.

Leslie - Indeed. Be forewarned about its strength!! Similar to a phtalo in transparent staining strength.

Brian McGurgan said...

Beautiful greens, Jala, and the shadows and background treatment looks great, too.

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

It did come out very well. That color is too overpowering for me. I always seemed to get too much. You got just the right amount!

r garriott said...

Hi again Jala-- I'm with you; I've never liked soda! I just had to see these limes again.

Just curious, is your computer a Mac? Testing a theory based on some gamma ray thing I read.

Jala Pfaff said...

Brian M - Thank you!

Bill - Thanks. I know, a tiiiiiny touch of that color is plenty, isn't it?!

R - How sweet of you to visit the limes again. :) It IS a Mac, why? Gamma rays?! Now I'm freaked out! Tell me!

Sheila Vaughan said...

Great depth of colour Jala and I think a very successful painting. Prussian blue - I have not used it in ages - scares the pants off me but maybe I should try. You have got very beautiful subtle results with it here.

Kim Denise said...

How did I miss this? These limes are GORGEOUS!

L.Holm said...

These are beautiful limes, Jala! Prussian is powerful. What blues do you normally use?

Jala Pfaff said...

Sheila - Thank you, I found it a success too and was very happy with it (can't say that about many of them!). I think we should all just collectively share one single tube of Prussian Blue. There's more than enough in one tube for us each to take a glob and pass it on to other bloggers around the world. :)

Kim - Thank you! I think they look really tasty too.

Hi Liz - French Ultramarine Blue is on my palette 95% of the time. Then sometimes cobalt, occasionally cerulean. I haven't yet found the "other blue" (the one I need in addition to Ultramarine) for my palette. Nothing quite feels right yet. Still searching. You?