Blue – Bright and Cheery

Perhaps because it’s been an unusually cool spring I have found myself painting brightly coloured highlights against very, very blue backgrounds.

Fuchsia pink and burnt orange were the starting combination.
I nearly always sign my work early on as it is awkward to almost impossible to add at the end.
And this is the first of the strong, bright blue being added.

I am not sure whether you would call this blue, cobalt blue, royal blue or ultramarine, but it’s certainly a bright and uplifting colour.

Nearly finished, adding a circle of a dark navy with corners of black.
The painting is finished and this 90 x 90 cm scarf is now ready for two hours in the steamer.
Finished and uploaded to Agnes Ashe online.

Well, whether the blue is royal blue or cobalt blue or even ultramarine, I still think, as usual, Mother Nature does it best.

Brunnera macrophylla aka Siberian Bugloss part of a partial shade, roadside planting in Ipswich’s town centre.

Author: agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

14 thoughts on “Blue – Bright and Cheery”

    1. That’s nice of you to say, thank you. I must admit I liked the combo so much I have also painted a smaller similar design in the same colours.

    1. Admission here – to get the right blue I have to tweak it, that’s the blue only in Photoshop, moving to more or less green depending on the original daylight.

    1. 😁 Re my signature, I was particularly interested in Edo Period woodblock prints when I ‘designed’ it. Those cap ‘A’s, hints of a stylised Mount Fuji, or so I thought at the time. Mind you these days they look more like the Matterhorn.

      1. Technically we are too, but with a slow re-opening, but I have to say I think many people think it’s all over. I don’t, I definitely feel more cautious about it.

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