Italian Color

"Tuscan Primitive 1", 9 x 12", Acrylic on panel, Karen Gillis Taylor

“Tuscan Primitive 1″, 9 x 12”, Acrylic on panel, Karen Gillis Taylor. Click for larger views.

My January color investigations would not be complete without devising a color palette inspired by Italy, home of my mother’s ancestors. A trip to Florence and Rome in my college years provided a great appreciation of that country’s art and history. It’s no wonder people seem to fall in love with Tuscany.

"Tuscan Primitive," detail

“Tuscan Primitive,” detail

Yes, I added a splash of pink to my set of colors that say “Italy” to me. It represents a spark of the unexpected a person might encounter on a visit to this place. I don’t want my art to be predictable, life certainly is not!

“Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me”.

-Carl Sandburg, poet

Tuscan Primitive 2, 9 x 12", Acrylic on panel, Karen Gillis Taylor

Tuscan Primitive 2, 9 x 12″, Acrylic on panel, Karen Gillis Taylor

Tuscan 2, detail

Tuscan 2, detail

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9 Responses to “Italian Color”

  1. Martine Paquet Says:

    I love Italy, Florence and Toscane. I think your colors and forms illustrate this country beautifuly!

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  2. Cindy D. Says:

    Wonderful cityscape and I love the color!

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  3. Rolina Says:

    Absolutely gorgeous and yes, Italy is full of wonderful colour surprises.
    (psst, fluorescent pink is now on my palette. Just sayin’)

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  4. Connie Says:

    Karen,
    I love your color and composition.
    Connie

    Like

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