Color! Color! Color!
After weeks and weeks of dull, lifeless views out my window, I am ready for a spectrum-spanning bout of painting full of rich and deep colors as well as views with soft and pearlescent light that gleams. I didn’t realize how much energy and happiness I derive from having all the colors of the color wheel around me…until they were hardly anywhere to be found.
With the weather (hopefully!) about to warm up, I’m jumping into color with both feet, looking at the works of these artists to get me ready to whip out color schemes that have been months in the making.
I could drown in the works of Daniel Garber. There is so much subtle nuance to each color he mixed as well as how he put them side by side on his surface. A tree trunk can be golden and glowing like amber. Bark becomes an occasion for peacock blue and a variety of mossy greens. He paints nature’s jewelry box!
Childe Hassam’s color appeals to me because it is deftly controlled chaos. If I were to describe the works to you in words alone, you might get a puzzled look on your face. Can all those colors possibly come together? But when you look at it, it’s a resounding ‘yes!’
Vuillard could play many different tunes with color: sometimes riotous, but also quite demure and subtle. This still life draws me in because the colors are rich, complex but not vibrant. The palette reminds me of the gleams of the inner surface of a seashell. There is a quietness to them that is appealing to the eye and restful too.
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