Yellow is the color of…
August 5, 2012
Today I set aside just to make art. And I cooked a little too, which sort of counts, cooking is also about making something. But primarily I worked on art, with “soundtrack” of the Olympics playing in the background. No business, no marketing, just all drawing and painting.
One of the things I did today is that I finished this small painting. I started it in June as a demonstration in one of my workshops, I wanted to play with the idea of all the objects in the painting being variations of a single color, like a one note melody: sing “Long Tall Sally” to yourself, see what I mean? On this one day we had all these yellow objects that people had brought in to the workshop to use as subjects for their paintings. The idea literally presented itself, right there in front of me, to make a composition of the different colors of yellow. So I blocked in the pepper, the lemons and the bananas. Then I rendered them using glazes and dropping-in color, which is also referred to as ‘charging’ (ok, a vision of the battles in the movie ‘Braveheart’ just came to mind as I wrote that–this is the way my brain works).
I decided to complete it using versions of primary colors–there were the three yellows: rich warm, bright and cool, and a little lighter and muted, plus a warm violet as the blue for all the shadows and the background, and a diluted Winsor Red became a warm pink, which also turned orangy glazed over the yellow. Oh and a bit of green for the pepper’s stem, and on the bananas. The fun result is that even with those few colors, it’s a pretty rich palette.
Its available for purchase on my Etsy shop.