Personal Art Blog

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

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Seeing Red




Seeing Red

8x6in oil on canvas board  $125. SOLD


A cuppa tea out in the garden is one of the delights of summer.

Artist Note.

I have painted this red teapot many times and really enjoy it.
Red is my favorite color because it is so cheerful, but I find
it can be difficult to modulate.
I used orange to lighten and a yellow green to take the garish
look away. To darken, I moved into Quinacridone Magenta
with a little transparent oxide brown. Some green was added
to permanent red  as a transition color from shadow to light.

I do hope the blog is fully functioning again and the image
comes through.






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14 comments:

  1. Julie, I love red also. This is another wonderful painting! The balance is so well done. I love how this teapot points inside for you to enter.

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    1. Good point about the teapot angle. The spoon also point you in.

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  2. Well done. Thank you for the color tips too. Yes, your blog is back!!

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    1. Thank you Pat. Your carnations are wonderful!

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  4. Love the red in this painting! I so appreciate you sharing your painting process and all the beautiful colors you are using!

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    1. Nice of you to comment, Carol. Thanks - enjoy your trip.

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  5. Working perfectly this time, I see red too :-) Just LOVE this explosion of colors !

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    1. Thanks, Jane. Your floral painting is an explosion of colors, too.

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  6. Happy to have you back with such a cheerful painting. Loved the information you gave about how you dealt with the reds. Did you start with cad red medium?

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    1. I started with Napathol, Helen. I am trying to keep safe colors on my palette. I do have cad reds but may use them for tiny areas if necessary.

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  7. Wow - this painting knocks my socks off! I just love it and am in awe of your mastery of red. It is difficult and you have done this so beautifully and vibrantly!

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    1. Thanks a lot Susan. Your sunflowers are wonderful!

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  8. beautiful painting. I love the brush strokes.

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Cheers,
Julie