3 Forest Studies using Quinacridone Gold

The starting point for these three studies was quinacridone gold, a transparent pigment. Spread thinly over white it’s got a rich inner glow. Used thickly it’s surprisingly dark, and mixed with titanium white you’ve got an opaque earthy-red gold. It’s been a while since I’ve used it, and wanted to get familiar with it again. Other colours I used include perelyne black, magenta, ultramarine blue, and burnt umber. Here are the studies side by side for easy comparison:

Forest Study in Quinacridone Gold Forest Study in Quinacridone Gold II by Scottish Artist Marion Boddy-Evans Forest Study in Quinacridone Gold by Skye-based Artist Marion Boddy-Evans
Forest Study in Quinacridone Gold
Letting the quinacridone gold do its thing. Working wet-on-wet using the edge of a palette knife to add dark and lights for tree trunks. Scratching into the paint for light lines. Only a little blue added as a top layer for sky at the top,
Forest Study in Quinacridone Gold II by Scottish Artist Marion Boddy-Evans
More blue in the sky, and redder browns at base, creating more of a band in the centre where the quinacridone gold dominates..
Forest Study in Quinacridone Gold by Skye-based Artist Marion Boddy-Evans
Encouraging the sky blue to run down by spraying on some water, increasing the white in the tree trunks. I think there’s a greater sense of depth in the golden glow, as if there’s a low sun shining through a woodland you can’t see through.

2 Replies to “3 Forest Studies using Quinacridone Gold”

  1. You just keep turning me on to such great colors. Quinacridone Gold will be on my shopping list for my next trip to Jerry’s Artarama!

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