Ochre and earth pigments

January 15, 2018

December sees the end of the term for classes - and for me everything slows down, giving me time to spend time on my own work which provides a great time for a bit of playing around and experimenting.  It's also a good time to explore new ideas as well as revisiting old sketchbooks looking for inspiration for the new year.

 

 

 

Digging around in my plan chest I came across some old experiments with earth pigments from Roussillon which were given to me by a friend on her return from a trip to France.  I made a little sketch book using egg tempera of the paths that criss-cross the walled garden at West Dean.  I thought this little book was lost so I was delighted to come across it again.   The discovery of the book reminded me of a quote from John Ruskin which was the original inspiration:

 

'Give me some mud off a city crossing, some ochre out of a gravel pit, and little whitening, and some coal dust, as I will paint you a luminous picture . . .'

 

 

 

 

 

On my travel is Spain in December quite without expectation I came across a deserted ancient ochre mine.  It was such a treat to make this discovery especially as I have been considering painting with a very limited palette of just earth pigments for some time.  Some of my experiments have been more successful than others - I'm looking forward to spending more time perfecting the painting as well using different paint mediums.  I painted this little pea from an old drawing in my sketch book.  More to follow . . .

 Incidentally cannot recommend more highly Victoria Finlay's book 'Colour: Travels through the Paintbox'.  It is a wonderful read for anyone interested in the history of pigments. I am forever dipping back into this book having discovered it a number of years ago.   Her chapter on Ochre in particular is most fascinating.  

 

 

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

Recent Posts

July 27, 2018

May 7, 2018

February 12, 2018

January 15, 2018

Please reload

Archive
Please reload

Search By Tags

©2017 by Mariella Baldwin. Proudly created with Wix.com