Thursday, October 6, 2011
"Blooming Delights" oil on wood panel, 6"x12"
I have talked about going outside my comfort zone as an artist before. This time it's with a cooler palette along with painting roses...always a challenge. From time to time, I feel the need to try different colors (if only for one painting), brushes, surfaces, or subject matter. It's a good thing. Eventhough I continue to learn and develop with every painting I do, a new set of challenges pushes you more. I always gain something important, often an "aha" moment. Now mind you, that aha moment could be a good or bad one! For this painting I used mostly, Viridian, Burnt Umber, Alizarin, Rose Quinacridone, Cad Yellow Pale, Indian Yellow and Titanium White. I used a very small amount of Ultra Marine and Cobalt. For the most part, my challenge here was using Viridian and Burnt Umber for the shadows and dark background. (Perhaps I was influenced by the recent small painting I did (see below) of "Paris Rouge" - a cool palette of colors.) Though my shadows and dark background is usually dictated by the objects and the light source in my still lifes, it is often a combination of Raw Sienna, Ultra Marine and Alizarin. As for painting roses, it's been a slow process. I took advantage of the many blooms I had this summer, studying, sketching and painting roses. More challenges await.