recent paintings and news

recent paintings and news

Friday, March 28, 2014


This is another sketch to be considered for a large commission.

 Working small allows for experimentation and play. I have been changing /testing mediums (I like to make my own) as well as underpainting with cold wax and a lovely orange/red by Kama pigment.

Of course, what is underneath affects the work, so thinking through an idea helps, although often when I prepare surfaces, the physical process sparks the idea. I like the push-pull of planning and spontaneity.

*i also played with knives

 Escarpment fog (May), oil/cold wax on canvas, 8x10in
copyright Jan Yates, 2014


  1. I absolutely love this colour palette! Very subtle and soft and just the right amount of "glow". I always find that the mix of oranges and blue/green is difficult for me...but here, it just sings. Wow.

  2. Thanks Catherine and yes, i have had oranges and green TURN green. -this is reddish-almost like a cad light but more orange. By Kama pigment(love their paint, made in Canada, they ship)-Permanent Orange.
    i laid down the underpainting then went in wet into wet to build the rest of the painting.

  3. I agree, this color palette is really beautiful and my favourite colors too. Such a beautiful painting Jan!