Archive for January, 2014

A new abstract painting begins… Orange Reverie

January 30, 2014
Beginning painting, Orange Reverie, working title, 30 x 40" acrylic, Karen Gillis Taylor, Jan. 2014

Beginning painting, Orange Reverie, working title, 30 x 40″ acrylic, Karen Gillis Taylor, Jan. 2014

It’s a new year and I’m shifting color gears. Maybe it’s about the dawn of a new year, new and exciting things down the road? Well, this one is beginning with warm oranges and the darks are supplied by maroon and purples, with a touch of yellow green. It started with a tiny sketch of a few lines, no bigger than half the palm of my hand. Sketches get me going, even quick ones.

Session 2, developing the shapes and colors

Session 2, developing the shapes and colors

Today’s progress. I had a minimal palette started, only on canvas, so more color planning was needed. I set a sheet of white paper next to my mixing surface to record the colors I hoped to develop. Then I started painting, promising myself I would try to keep to thin layers of paint and preserve the feeling of transparency or misty transitions between colors and values.

Jan. 26 progress, detail

Jan. 26 progress, detail

I added pinks, teal grays, and tried to work with adding violets. When I mixed the paint on the palette, it seemed very subdued with some of the swatches. But when I would add a certain swatch of color on the painting, it was often a too-bright, and garish hue. So I’d remix and try again. In the mean time, I’m developing the tree shapes and road ideas.

Base painting drip technique

Base painting drip technique

Here’s a close up of the drip technique I used with my base acrylic layer. The white is the canvas showing through. I brushed off the paint with a towel right before the drips dried. These white vertical lines should be preserved in some way for the final painting, if I can.

Paint color palette for Orange Reverie

Paint color palette for Orange Reverie

Working paint palette and color values and hues in a scale

Working paint palette and color values and hues in a scale

An important part of today’s session was the completion of my color palette. It took a lot of trial and error to find hues that will work on this painting. I don’t have to stick to the palette, but use what’s working best. My choices are here, and I can start fresh during my next session with a good plan.

What do you think about this new warmer palette of colors? It’s winter here. Do you find yourself seeking out the warmer colors and the colors of Spring we hope is coming soon enough? As an artist, I begin looking for the new colors of nature way before we see them in our environment. That is another benefit to living the life of imagination!

Tell me if you have had a similar experience, please.

-Karen


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