I didn’t intend to paint a Gentian, but my art friend Christel, who has me doing the challenge with her wanted to know if I could mimic the color of a Gentian Violet with oil pastels. I love these little darlings in a Spring garden, and we had plenty of them until our local rabbit decided to devour them each year! So now I enjoy through others photographs ~
Gentian Violet (7×5) oil pastel. This tiny flower, while center stage here is small and delicate – I tried many different hues in the blue and purple families, blending as I went along (cobalt blue, sapphire blue, pale blue, indigo, ultramarine and several violet/purples) working towards the blues you see here. Oil pastels range are limited and I couldn’t quite find the right mix to give the bluish/violet glow that I remember. To give the scene a little break from blue, a few streaks of burnt sienna were drawn in.
Onto #6 and also back to work on Grand Slam drawing ~ click onto image for a larger view.