Friday, April 09, 2010

Kevin Menck, ...

I am a great admirer of Kevin Menck's work.
And knowing that he's painting only with three colours as well.
I gave it a shot today, his palette is:
Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Scarlet and Cadmium Yellow Lemon.
I painted for a few years now with Kevin MacPherson's palette, being:
Ultramarine Blue dark, Alizarin Crimson middle and Cadmium Yellow Light.

I don't know yet what to think of Menck's palette, it seems to be
leaning to the brown/red side while MacPherson's palette leans more to
the reddish/blue side, ... I'll give it some more shots to make up my mind.
Being a plein air painter I like the idea to take as little with me as possible
and three colours has to be enough, ...

So please feel free this time to give your thoughts about this work, I really
want to know what your thinking about this possible change!

"Beekhuizenseweg." Velp, Holland.
(Beekhuizense road) Oil on panel.
24 x 30 cm.


Frank A. said...

...Love the painting , Rene.
This looks like a great spring painting palette and seems a 'livelier" one than the MacPherson palette.
...Not familiar with Menck, unless my brain is in 'brain freeze mode', again.hehe.. I will look him up. I think that I am trying to remember the palette and not the painter.
It will be interesting to see what developes between this palette and you as time and seasons go by.

Keep at it !

René PleinAir said...

Thanks Frank,

Much appreciated form some one who uses much much more colours then I do. You can click on his name to visit his Blog, well worth it!

Robert T said...

Hi Rene.
I think the new palette suits the spring.
There is a lot more depth in the colours especially the browns. This probably has a lot to do with the change in reds.
The two palettes remind me of looking at pictures of the Sistine chapel ceiling before and after they cleaned/restored it.
There is more vibrancy in the new colours.
Either way, the paintings are a pleasure to view.
Looking forward to more from the new palette.

Bruce Sherman said...

Hi Rene!... Nice vivid spring colours... but I'd avoid jumping to the conclusion that it is the palette alone.

I have seen a few nice ones lately on your blog that tremind me of this same chroma... ie the bridge piece... very nice piece.

A good idea to reuce the load one carries when travelling about out there on location!

Like your recent work a lot!

Good Painting! Regards,

Robert T said...

Just a thought but how about using both reds for a while?
It seems you can achieve better brown highlights with the new red. This might balance out the strong green highlights you use in most of your paintings.
Like I said, just a thought.
More paintings are needed to compare. :-)

Art with Liz said...

These are really great Rene - I think 'livelier' is the right phrase that Frank A used.

René PleinAir said...

It feels like this palette is much higher on a tonal base, you could say a 6 or 7 on a scale of 10, where Macphersons palette seems to lay on a 4 or 5. You really have to mix colors a lot more down compared to Macpherson's there it is more an up-mixing. Anyway I'll try to stick to it for a while, although it does feel somewhat out of my comfort zone. I did tried today again but it didn't work out, it was a complete WIPE out in the end! :-O The cause was more the mixing time I think, normally you know exactly where a colour lays, and you mix to it rather quick, with this new palette you have to take you time, error and trial constantly. but as every one who paints plein air knows you haven't got that much time.

Robert, you idea is fine but I do like the limited palette just a little too much to follow you suggestion, When I'll put on the other colours as well, I tend to get lazy, at least with burnt Umber or sienna it happens all the time, .... lazy about mixing the right colour isn't god while painting I discovered. ;-)

Unknown said...

Hi Rene',
Thanks for the info on Menck, witch i really liked and his pallette. Your oil is great, and i can see the enthusiasm in trying something new. I think you will revert to Mc Person palette because of the subject you paint. I noticed Menck subject have a big scope and breath while yours are always cropped a lot . So you describe more details and more varied shadows Menck has more pastoral subject. I use a Mc Person palette with addition of Windsor and Newton Viridian and Permanent rose, phtalo blu. Sometimes tone down the strenght of these colors with ivory black. Happy painting