Friday, April 15, 2011

Christmas in April


This is the underpainting I did this morning. I used four colors, one color too many I think. Thalo green, a strong, staining pigment. The powerful strength of the color created the image upon which to build.
Underpaintings are like Rorschach tests--say what you see. I see hollies--with berries. When I go back into the painting that's probably the image I'll develop. Once said, I won't be able to shake it out of my head. Christmas in April. I'll keep in touch.

8 comments:

  1. You're right, it's so Christmas-y! I like it a lot!

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  2. I wonder what a shrink would have to say Agness? I am a big fan of April, not of December, albeit the Christmas month. Hummmm?

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  3. Wow!!! I love that pallet. And the textures are so intriguing. We have a similar feel in our downstairs color scheme--bright and happy!

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  4. Linda, I like this.. I see abstract sycamore leaves and cherry blossoms. Christmasy? hmm, I'm not feelin' it.

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  5. Thanks Bill. I used the colors I use the most. Tomato Red is the color of our front hall. It packs a wallop for everyone who comes in. Thalo green, I once read, was shunned by artists,but I love the deep navy blue it makes when combined with violet. As for yellow ochre, I had an instructor who said it she wouldn't have it on her palette. Not me. It's a great mid range color for toning down compositions. Thanks for the wow.

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  6. Thanks Kalie--now that you say sycamore I see those leaves too. I'll keep looking for the cherry blossoms.

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  7. did you say underpainting? I like it already. What stunning dancing colours!

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  8. Thanks Evelyn, It did start out as as underpainting, but magically an image appeared. Other than putting in some defining lines, it looks like enough for me.--There is a risk of going back into it, I don't want to take at this time.

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