Day 30 - multi-coloured. There are few colourful sights more inspiring to me than a paint palette!
I've really enjoyed my month of colour. I hope you have o
Day 29 - Tan. I think the wood and the bamboo in the photo constitute a tan colour. In addition I had a tan at the time! This photo was taken in a toilet, in a bar on the edge, of the lake in Rio! I hasten to add that rousers were worn throughout the photo shoot!
Day 28 Pink. Ok. I admit it; there's been the teensiest bit of photoshopping going on here. This photo is of one of the side aisles of the nave in Salisbury cathedral. I adore the way the pink shines against the blueish grey of the stone and marble.
Day 27 - mint. I tend not to use bright minty green in my work very much. This lovely image from Sally Firino's animal series combines muted greys with a fresh mint green perfectly. To see more of the Animali series go to www.sallyfirino.wordpress.com
Day 26 - Lilac.
I have seen prints on canvas of close up photos of flowers.
I wanted to capture a bit more life by painting a close up of a rose. If you look a the painting for long enough you become convinced the petals are unfolding in front of your eyes.
Day 25 - Kelly green.
"The betrothal of Arnolfini" by Vermeer.
This painting is one of the most detailed the world has ever seen. Its stunning in real life!
The painting shows the marriage of the two people in the picture. These days we hire a photographer. Giovanni Arnolfini hired Vermeer! In addition to being a portrait, it is also a legal document showing that the marriage took place. In the background the concave mirror shows the entire scene in reverse, including the artist at his easel. Above the mirror is his signature.
The green dress in the painting is so noticeable. It might look like a "shotgun" wedding, or a forced marriage but this is not the case. It was the fashion at the time for women to wear their dresses gathered up in front making them look pregnant; perhaps as a sign of virility to demonstrate to their future husband their ability to give them heirs.
Day 24 - Gold. I simply couldn't let Gold pass me by without using a picture by Klimt. He used gold frequently in his work to great effect. Klimt's work tended to combine realistic portraiture with abstract geometric shapes which create visual rhythms. His work translates latent sexual symbolism with ornament and decoration.
The gold standard!
Day 23 Silver. I haven't really used silver much in my work so I have turned to one of my favourite art history styles for inspiration today. The art nouveau movement was extremely proud of the skilled silver smiths. I think this mirror is an example of great skill combined with the expression of the movement.
Day 22- Brown. This mixed media piece demonstrates how Venice can show you bright blues and turquoises alongside mucky browns. It's an extraordinary place. The painting is much messier that my usual style but I think it captures the sensation of travelling along a dark canal, emerging into the bright sunlight beyond.
This painting "Bright dawn over Old sarum" has a strong yellow/orange wave of sky. I am constantly stunned by the brightness of light at dawn an how the hill of Old Sarum becomes silhouetted as the sun rises.
Khaki, beige and ochre. This lovely earth colours painting by Annette Hagger combine these colours wonderfully.
Day 17- Fuscia. This picture is based on a beautiful orchid I found in Brazil. The painting is in oil paint even though it looks watery. It is painted directly onto a wall.
Day 16 - Navy. The dark shadows in my painting of the cathedral cloisters are more interesting when painted in a deep dark blue rather than being more realistic and faithful to the much greyer stone.
Day 15 - Lime. Here is a beautiful illustration of nature guiding us through the complexities and simplicity of the artists' colour wheel. Complementary colours make each other sing, they bounce off each other making the other more vibrant. Complementary colours are opposite each other on the colour wheel. Red is opposite green, and purple is opposite yellow; it looks like lime green is opposite hot pink!
Day 14 - Sky blue. I was spoilt for choice with this category! In the end I chose a painting I did some time ago. I love the sky in this as the yellows have stayed "clean" and not merged with the blue. I love the Sky blue in the centre. Clean and fresh and reminding us that long Summer evenings are on the way!
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