Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Rosemary Needle Color Study

Based on last night's color charts, I explored Chromium Oxide for the rosemary needles. Working clockwise, I first tried to form needles by shadowing with red. Next, the red was mixed with green for a brown. Lastly, a less aggressive mix for a subdued and darkened green. No conclusions at this time. For now, it's simply try and observe. Perhaps all techniques will have a place.

Stem coloring is a whole other trip. There are lots of colors as well as a slightly pubescent coating.

Also on the agenda is studies on needle shape and placement.

I like the relaxed nature of these exercises. I'm taking the opportunity to work in a component-based fashion, confident that all the pieces can come together. Very fun stuff! :-)


  1. That's a great start to the rosemary studies-I can almost smell them.

  2. I really like these- there's something about seeing a page of 'studies' that has a life unto its own. You have really nailed the color, too.

  3. Thanks, Judith. It is wonderfully aromatic. I've read that indoor rosemary likes lots of light so it has its own little light until I can get something bigger set up.

  4. Thanks, Gretchen! This is proving to be a relaxed exercise, an attitude to hold in mind as I continue...