Jemma Nelson Art Blog
"If the weather outside is frightful..." at least it's warm and cozy inside, and a perfect time to paint some comforting subjects like this artichoke. For the palette, I used a restricted selection of Azo Green, Serpentine, Perylene Green and Dioxanine Purple. I love the feel of the purple as a complementary shadow for the green subject. I find Daniel Smith's Serpentine a very useful mid-tone green that doesn't have an equivalent in traditional green pigments, of which there are so few. It's more transparent than Chromium Oxide, and can easily be pulled to yellow or blue, but it's more "natural" than a Phthalo or Viridian.