Friday, February 25, 2011

Green-Rimmed Cup

























I've been reading Ken Kewley on Color on Kehoe's Powers of
Observation site and he said one should begin with a color that
excites. I picked prussian blue which hadn't left the drawer in a
couple of years, and then tried to key the rest of the painting to
work with it. Also practiced mixing many colors of the same value
to get variety in the whites, variety in mid-tones and darks. I'm
trying to cure myself of abrupt value and rampant color changes
and learn to mix interesting grays so purer colors are more effective
interacting with them.

14 comments:

Kathy Cousart said...

Loved this color palette and learning what you are trying. I think you succeeded...wonderful painting.

suzannepaints said...

Lorraine, you are nearing your one-year mark for nearly everyday painting, aren't you? Marvelous effort. Today's cup is beautiful, as usual. claire christinel mentioned you on her blog. Isn't this a wonderful world of painters?

suzannepaints said...

Lorraine, this is just about one year for you, isn't it? Painting almost every day is certainly paying off for you in terms of beauty and meaning. I love this cup. I see Claire Cristenel mentioned you in her blog. Isn't it interesting, this blogging?

Virginia Floyd said...

I loved reading about how you mixed many colors of the same value to get a variety of whites. Great idea. I'm going to try that. This painting is so interesting with all those colors in the cup. Good job!

SYLVIANE said...

Good study of colors.I find Prussian blue hard to work with,I avoid it , it's so strong, and difficult to remove around!
Nice mug!

Jane said...

What a wonderful result, the cup is vibrant with color and the shadow really makes it show off.

martinealison said...

Très belle recherche avec cette nouvelle toile et vous avez frappé fort, avec une couleur que vous enfermiez dans un fond de tiroir...
Il est bon de se familiariser avec la difficulté parfois, c'est grisant!
Le résultat est sous mes yeux avec un véritable feux d'artifice de nuances...
Gros bisous.

Pétales de fées said...

Cette touche de bleu de Prusse rend dynamique les blancs et les gris autour ! Bravo !

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Wonderful effort, Lorraine. I think you are inspiring a lot of artists to push themselves. Especially me!

Susan said...

You achieved a range of beautiful whites. This is lovely, Lorraine.

Lisa Daria said...

Beautiful whites - I think it's a success!

carol morgan carmichael said...

This is just beautiful Lorraine. I may have to pull out my prussian. Admire your desire to push yourself.

claire christinel said...

Fantastic Lorraine! Your hard work is really showing - wow! I love the subtle colour and value changes, that glowing light in the shadow behind the cup and the gorgeous underpainting coming through. I wish I could come over and paint with you, your process sounds like a very inspiring workshop!

mridul sharma said...

ur ausum in ur work.....some day ill meet uuu n learn it frm uu........