Saturday, February 19, 2011
"Cut and Dried"
As Julie Andrews might have sung, these are a few of my favorite things. But I painted them not because they are beloved, but because of their color. I wanted to paint precisely the silvery green of the eucalyptus leaves, the translucent turquoise of the vase and the metallic shimmer of the scissors.
Of course, I didn’t. Painters almost never do. Instead we approximate the colors we see in our light-filled world with our oils, acrylics, watercolors and pastels. We create an illusion within the confines of our canvas and paper with color and value harmonies that ring true in the painting, but which can not completely capture everyday reality.
In my attempt, I did use a tube of turquoise bought for a Karin Jurick workshop and found it the closest approximation to the blue of my vase. And I used Abbey Ryan’s wisp of eucalyptus for inspiration when painting mine.