Wednesday, 16 May 2007

In at the deep end - into a pool of coloured ink

colour nude 1 May07
So I've dropped from an -A to a -C (I'm grading myself here), but that's alright because I've learned stuff. What have you learned?

Right -
a) Don't use loads of colours, use the three primaries, and make secondary and tertiary colours from those.
b) I don't like the primaries I used; Canary Yellow was not earthy enough, Crimson was too pink, and Blue (not an inspired description) was too bright and needs to be more grey. All by Winsor & Newton, and just what I had sat on the shelf.

I worked on A3 this time. Okay, so I didn't exactly fill the page, but I'm getting bigger. Why do I feel it necessary to work bigger? Erm, I'll tackle that another time.
Where was I? Oh yes! So I think it's looking hopeful, and the image was from a reproduction of one of Renoir's nude bathers. Maybe with a better palette, better subject matter, and the wind blowing in the right direction I'll get there. But at least the painful first step has been taken into colour.


amy said...

thats a nice one, i think the many colours actually work well.
eally liking it, plus your going bigger!

Bill of Ballaugh said...

The first time I went into a swimming pool, I sank, completely. But you. You may not be straight up to Olympic standard but, by God, you're doggy paddling and moving forward. Stay in there girl. You'll not be long in getting rid of the (metaphorical) water wings.

Melanie Rimmer said...

I like it but it's not in the same category as the previous two paintings you posted. It reminds me of the kind of thing you used to get on the cover of address books or packages of sanitary towels in the 1980s. I think that's just the bright colours though. Keep going and I'm sure you'll achieve the same kind of subtlety in colour you have shown in monochrome.

Susie said...

Wow, I'm so glad that you share all of your artwork with us as it's so fun to watch you work on your craft. It's also inspiring to see someone put out as much art work as you do and it inspires me to pick up my painting supplies once again.

Yellow said...

Thanks for the feedback. I want to go moodier & deeper with the colours. Renoirs not the best starting point if that's the aim, but I was desperate to get stuck in, and he was what I had to hand.
Yesterday I stocked up on some watercolours, and good watercolour paper, so, with hubby away for a week, I'm looking forward to some productive evenings. Watch this space.
And I remember those sanitary towel packagings, Mel.
Susie, get started, girl. In fact, that's not a request - it's an order.

Susie said...

Sure thing, I will take those orders :-) I saw the most amazing sunrise and sunset this last weekend as I was camping in the Moab desert and it's an image that I need to get out of my head and onto canvas to share.

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