Aloes in outdoor landscapes

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This post continues the flow of landscapes coming out into the light in July.

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Torrens bank, Walkerville; acrylic on linen panel

This subject distracted me while I was setting up and dismantling my gear on the first two weeks of painting at the Torrens Linear Park in Walkerville.

Luckily it was there waiting for me a week later. It is fairly unusual for me to paint subject which seems to have no horizon or baseline but something that fills the picture plane is always satisfying to my eye.

I fell for those large aloe leaves which pointed and folded in and out of the light and shade. It reminded me of this picture which I painted on the banks of the Torrens many years ago and many miles from this spot.

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Aloes, Lockleys; in private collection.

That was when I was having a love affair with French Ultramarine Blue as you can see. My friend Fred (who liked my hats) told me one day that I might try Prussian Blue. I still love ultramarine, but use it a bit more sparingly, less glaringly.

We have waded back in time with this one. I trust you are enjoying this landscape series. It is my parallel universe!