Back to oil painting! Believe it or not, this is a good start to my next painting – an underpainting using very dilute oil paint, suggesting the tonal layout of a forest glade near Darwin. A very user-friendly part of the forest, I hasten to add, but by cutting out the helpful board-walk, I achieve something a little wilder.
I have restricted my palette to Prussian Blue, Raw Sienna and Burnt Sienna, since these will give me the colours and tones needed. I may add others later as the picture progresses, perhaps purples and crimsons in the shadows.
Using dilute colour makes for a very loose beginning while giving great intensity to the painted surface. Any misplaced runs can easily be covered. Allowing the restricted colours to collide/mix gives texture and interest, and certainly adds to the fun. Deciding which bits to retain and which to obliterate, discovering Serendipity in fact, is bliss.