Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Orange

The last few days I've been trying to get back into a groove of painting. With studio construction back underway and various other projects I'm working on, painting has taken a lower position on my priority list. Building momentum always takes time, and can be frustrating. I flailed around for a while, and then decided to go back to something that feels reasonably comfortable.

As a workshop assignment I often do my Complementary Colors exercise. Here are a couple of  examples, which are 10"x10":


Achieving as much variety as I can within one color is a great exercise, and it helps me focus. So I decided to play with orange on top of "works in progress" (which means works that have been hanging around, unfinished, for a while and need an injection of drama). The following pieces are 20"x20" on panel:



The colors I've used here are:
  • Vat Orange
  • Pyrrole Orange
  • Transparent Pyrrole Orange
  • Cadumium Orange 
  • Dairilyde Yellow
  • Azo Yellow
  • Hansa Yellow
  • WHITE
Plus Caran d'Ache NeoColorII crayons.

13 comments:

  1. I love the one with just that little touch of blue

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  2. Love them all, and orange anytime. I was married for 33 years and my go to color was navy & browns and their variations. After and since my color has been orange, Go figure?

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  3. Great pieces!! We all have our technique( tricks?) to focus and get back into painting after a break. I always like to hear how other artists are doing it. I've always noticed that for me, tackling works in progress, is just a no-go! It paralyses me. What works better is working on something specific and "simple" (like working on colour variation).

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    2. It would be interesting to hear others' favorite approaches to getting back into the studio.

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  4. Very helpful indeed, as I have been stuck too.
    Many thanks Jane. Couldn't do without you. Best wishes for a creative summer.

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  5. Dear Jane, I have degrees in Fine Art, Art ED, Spec. I had been an exhibiting artist and teacher. Six years ago I experienced a traumatic auto accident, injuring my hand, leaving me with chronic pain, side effects from that, and physical damage. Since then I have not picked up a brush or pencil.
    Is there anything that you have done to unblock that may help me?
    Joanna.

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  6. Dear Jane, I have degrees in Fine Art, Art ED, Spec. I had been an exhibiting artist and teacher. Six years ago I experienced a traumatic auto accident, injuring my hand, leaving me with chronic pain, side effects from that, and physical damage. Since then I have not picked up a brush or pencil.
    Is there anything that you have done to unblock that may help me?
    Joanna.

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  7. We also provide analytical services and laboratory services to our customers. Vat Orange 9

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  8. Your work and your attitude toward your work and toward all art is so inspiring. After retiring from my 20 years at hard labor in a blue collar job I need to eat, sleep,and breathe affirmations of creativity. I have always loved oranges with blues! Your blog is wonderful.

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  9. I especially love the orange paintings with touches of blue. I think your last exercise in B & W with clear parameters would be a great way to break the deadlock. It could also be adapted to use two colours only - analgous or complementary.

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