Lavender Fields Forever!

Painting begins with the sky. My color mixtures are shown above. #1. White + Cobalt Blue, #2. White + Pthalo Blue, #3. White + Phtalo Blue + a tiny touch of Lemon Yellow.

Sunlight pours into the painting from the upper right so the far left portion of the sky is painted with the darkest mix, #3. Mixture #2 is used for the middle portion and #3 for the lightest area on the right that is washed by sunshine. You may click on this, or any of the other images to see enlargements.

The most distant mountain is made bluer with a mix of Ultramarine Blue + a little MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + White so it will recede. Coming forward the next range has more of the MUD in that same mixture. Also cooler combinations of MUD + a touch of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White are used. The closest bluffs are painted with mixes in different proportions of MUD + Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. These mixes have more Cadmium Orange so they are warmer, making them appear to come forward.

The part of the ocean farthest from the viewer is made with a mixture of Ultramarine Blue + MUD + White. The closest portion is Pthalo Blue + White which is more intense than the duller mix used in the background. This helps to give the feeling of depth in the painting. Intense, bright colors come forward; duller colors go back.

A shot of light splashes across the water in front of the mountains. It will be visible through the Poplar Trees at the back of the Lavender Field. This also will give depth to the painting.

Waves dance against the distant rocks at the base of the mountains. A mix of White + a bit of Ultramarine Blue is used to indicate the surf. I don’t use Pure White here because it would be too bright, making it jump forward. I’ll reserve Pure White for the Daisies in the foreground.

The Poplar Trees are combinations in different proportions of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + a small amount of Lemon Yellow.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Lavender Fields

We’re done for this session! Thank you for all of your wonderful comments, your encouragement and support mean the world to me. With Colorful Hugs,



4 Responses to “Lavender Fields Forever!”

  1. Terri Elfarkh Says:

    This is going to be beautiful. I love the South of France and your paintings take me back on vacation to all the best spots.

  2. bob raglandl Says:

    Bravo!!! YOU!!!!! Lessons are solid. I used to see your art in TAOS NM. Your work ethic is SOLID!!!!! BRAVO !!! AGAIN!!!!! Bob L Ragland

    Non-Starving Artist NPR/bobragland bobraglandl/

  3. Jeana Says:

    Fabulous lake and cool colors and hues

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