Tuesday, January 30, 2007

studio update

top image: watercolor; 4-square: oil on wood panel (painting progression in 4 stages)

got my blog back

my blog has been offline for a couple of weeks because I accidentally deleted it! beware that with the new blogger, if you delete your google account it will also delete your blog and any other services you have connected with google! anyway, the really nice google people were able to help me retrieve it so I'm back online and will post some images from my studio later today.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

recipes for color

In my new series of paintings, I'm focusing particularly on pushing color. loving buttercream: (naples hue, hint of cad yellow & flake white,) a sort of toasty banana yellow: (cad & lemon yellow, with lots of ochre and...my new favorite thing is to knock the color down w/ a hint of mars black. I call it "color stopper." it gives an earthiness to the color, dirties it up just barely so it looks a tiny bit muted.) and of course raw umber, my continuous color staple. Bordering on the garish side, I'm also enjoying juxtaposing a true banana yellow with softer/muted yellows. Pushing the garish colors is always a challenge, but I find lemon yellow usually does the trick. it gives greens and browns that pungent, acidic pitch that really bites. Hopefully I've painted a visual picture for you! I'll be back soon to upload images of my recent work...