Personal Art Blog

Sharing the lessons I teach at the Artist Guild and the personal discoveries in my art.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Pansy Time #5

Pansy Time #5

8x6in   oil on canvas board   100.

I am still having a stimulating and fun time painting the Pansy Series.

Artist Note:

After doing the close-up viewpoint yesterday I went for a more modern design approach today.
I started with organizing my shapes, keeping in mind I wanted strong negative areas.
I had some new objects I wanted to paint and needed some help in finding a color scheme.

I turned to the book, "Confident Color" by Nita Leland. (North Light)
I chose Modern Triad.
Hansa Yellow Light, Quinacridone Magenta and Phthalo Blue. Plus Titanium White.
It is amazing what a full range of values and colors you can get with just these three plus white.

I am fortunate enough to have several of my own paintings included in this excellent book.
Just a wee bit of bragging!
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  1. I don't own tubes of Hansa Yellow Light and Quinacridone Magenta, but I think I see an order from Utrecht in my future! This is wonderful, Julie! I really love how your background highlights the pansies so beautifully, and the red spoon combined with the reflections of turquoise is pure genius. Very pretty!

  2. I don't have those two colors, either, although I do have Phthalo Blue. I hesitate to add more colors to my palette until I can figure out how to use the ones I already have.

    I really like the arrangement of objects here. Very interesting and appealing. And I love the color combinations, especially the different shades of blue and aqua.

  3. I love your bold colors and I admire how quick you finish a painting. My oil paintings take at least one week letting the first layer dry...but I am a beginner in oil painting, so I suppose I have everything to learn :-))

  4. Love the palette and the whole process of understanding the process, making the decisions, then letting intuition and inspiration lead the way.I like your "artist notes" feature too.


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