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Friday, June 18, 2010

Zangle Cove #17

6/18/10 "Zangle Cove #17", 12" x 12", Oil
This painting may not look like much, but it was an important lesson.  After thrashing around with it for awhile, scraping it down and re-painting, it inadvertently ended up with green in every color.  It reminded me of the Appenda in Edgar Payne's book "Composition of Outdoor Painting" written by his daughter Evelyn Payne Hatcher, where she talks about the "soup method." This is where a single color with white (in this case green) is added to every other color used.  I can see many interesting possibilities for color harmony using this type of method--something I had read in the book many times, but had never tried.


  1. This is really lovely, especially the feeling of the beach and shoreline. Another super soft one, just enough detail to describe the sense of place.

  2. Lovely painting. Interesting about the color harmony. I had never heard about adding white to every color (I am always learning :-)). I'm going to find that book as it sounds really good.

  3. Liz--thanks for your comments about the last two paintings--doing high key paintings is a departure from me and really fun.

    Linda--its not adding white to every color, rather its adding a particular color to every other color. On Page 92 of the book Payne says: "previously mixing a large amount of dominant shade, then injecting it in every color used is sometimes called the "soup" method, but whatever name it is given it is a great help not only in developing taste but in creating harmony." I highly recommend the book "Composition of Outdoor Paintings" by Edgar A. Payne as it is considered one of the bibles for outdoor painters along with John Carlson's book, "Guide to Landscape Painting."

  4. Holy cow Kathryn. This piece in incredible!