Cool Reflections

I am dedicating this blog to our northern hemisphere cousins who are sweltering in a dreadfully hot summer.

We know the cool colours are the blues, greys, greens, and purples especially violet and here is a slice from one of my English Mill paintings to help you feel the cool air rising up from the icy waters of the mill pond.

Cool colours calm and soothe so enjoy these reflections of scenes from Canada taken by Jane in 2011.

When we think of paintings that calm doesn't Monet always spring into your mind first? And I'm pleased to give Monet a little me time as he did get muscled out recently by John Russell and Henri Matisse. This is one of my favourite paintings by Claude Monet titled The Bridge at Argenteuil. It is so peaceful, so cool!

I am going to take this perfect opportunity to enjoy those wonderful English paintings we all know so well, love so much, and that make us feel so calm and cool. And forgive me while I indulge myself in my love of the English countryside. Where better to start than John Constable's The Hay Wain whose use of the analogous green team colours conveys such peace and tranquillity.
I had to include Ivy Bridge, Devonshire by Turner because in so many of his paintings his palette contains orange vermilion, chrome orange and chrome yellow, scarlet and the red lake colours. But here we see some use of the cooler colours especially in the nook between the trees and under the bridge.
And do you know the works of the Englishman James Bateman(1893-1959)? He specialised in rural scenes. This one is his Haytime in the Cotswolds which evokes a great sense of harmony.
And what better way to finish up today than to share Bateman's painting of Woodland and Cattle- so cool, so peaceful, so green!

This has reminded me that my garden needs some attention so a day off tomorrow while I do some winter pruning.

Anne Newman

Oil Painter in realistic genre style, predominantly buildings and people. To continue the discussion contact Anne on anewman@netspace.net.au or phone +61 407 516 522

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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