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BlackGold_2012-04_5x7_75                                                             Black Gold by Ellen Jean Diederich

Black Gold was a massive learning experience for  me.  I primarily had dark shapes against a gold background.  First a textured ground was placed and then variations of yellow,  orange and red were rubbed into the ground creating a dark glow.  Just the reverse of watercolor, I began painting dark to light.  Since I am a loose painter, I painted out of the lines to get the brush  work the way I want it on the cattle. There was so much straw.  When I tightened around the edges with the lighter color this overlapping and irregularity seemed to enhance everything.   To paint the large grasses in the foreground , I had more control when  turning the painting sideways. Up near the horizon I left some of the ground exposed and it made an interesting transition.