Happy 2013, and my New Year’s Art Resolution
January 6, 2013
“Red and Orange Poppies” ©Jill Rosoff 2012
I went on a bit of a blog-hiatus last month. Between making my holiday cards, which I’ve done for the past 25 (gasp!) years, and then making Christmas gifts for my family, I was plum tuckered out. Maybe that’s sugar-plum tuckered out? Only the fairies will know for sure. And they’ll dance about it.
I’m back at it now. I have some new paintings that I finished up over the holidays to post here that I’ve had on the drawing board for awhile. This painting actually came out of an idea I had for a new colorway for my scarves, one that was more fall or winter inspired. And to play with new color combinations through a very familiar theme is an interesting process, because it can help to bust open a preconceived idea. Since Iceland poppies are in a naturally spring-y color spectrum, which I really love, I have pretty much painted them that way. But now I think not every poppy needs to be in yellows, oranges, reds and pinks, do they? I mean, there are pink daffodils, for crying out loud. What if I could have a lavender poppy? Ooooh!
My New Year’s resolution? I will not be as literal with color. The reds can be deeper, softer, not so siren-like. The orange can be a faded tomato orange-red. And the green? Instead of a bright spring bud green, how about verdigris? A nice, oxidized, dusty green. This worked for me!
Now all I need to do is remember to write 2013 instead of 2012. I’m thinking I’ll get that done by February, earliest.