Spring Vineyard in Provence
Oil on box (gallery wrapped canvas
The sides have been painted black.
Can be hung without a frame for a contemporary look.
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There is no getting away from using lots of green in a spring scene, particularly here in Provence after the spring rains when everything is bursting out.
The problem is that too much green in a painting is boring and can be dull even if using the vivid greens of spring. One solution is to intersperse the green with different colours, usually by using reds and/or yellow ochre pale. However, this can result in a spring scene quickly turning into an autumn scene.
About this painting
This is a spring vineyard scene from the Vidauban area in the Var with the Maures in the background. This is an area with deep red soil so I used burnt sienna (a reddish brown) for the earth and purples of the shadows to set off the greens. At the back of the vines I used a bluey-green to indicate the distance. The path in the middle was actually grass but I couldn't find a green that worked well so I turned it into a pale ochre path.
Let me know your tricks for painting spring green.
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