In conversation recently it was noted that I’ve been using blue greens quite a lot as that appears to be my latest colour crush.
Totally, I agreed, any colour associated with the sea seems to be my thing at the moment.
The conversation took an unexpected turn when it was mentioned that orange is a colour never seen in my work. On quick reflection I had to agree, it is never seen….. I didn’t even have an orange paint tube, though I do own a Distress Ink that is orange and it mostly sits unused at the bottom of the pile.
It was wondered if I use much of any of the hues from that portion of the colour wheel – the yellows through reds.
I use yellow quite often I said. A quick hunt through current work and then photos of past work proved the point, I use yellow with blue very often and make lovely greens with them.
I use red I said. By golly yes I do, a little is to be found in most paintings. Whew!!
So I set out to do a painting that didn’t feature any sea type colours and did feature yellow and orange. I even purchased a tube of orange paint!
As I worked I found the colour palette quite heavy [surprisingly – orange should be light and refreshing like it’s name] so I started to add in white which made a huge difference and when I had another of my genius ideas and used the edge of a rectangular paper doily as a frill on the bottom of her dress then things began to pop.
I had no idea what I was going to do when I started and was over halfway through before I could see where we were going – and this is what emerged:
Half successful only, I couldn’t help myself the background just had to be what it is 🙂
I wish I’d chosen a longer canvas to work on so she could have been full length instead of cut off, but that’s what happens when you don’t have a plan!
As I was making the flowers, I found I was thinking of my blogging friend Alys over at Gardening Nirvana and the words just popped into my head.
So what is your opinion of my attempt to use orange?
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