5/26/08

BLUE PHASE

Just like the previous post, this painting is from my archives of the last 20 years of painting with watercolor. And, this painting leans strongly toward the blues and turquoise end of the color wheel.
For more than 17 years I painted by using cool dominance as the usual temperature of my paintings. Of course, warms were in the painting, most often near the focal area to add interest and change. Even though I'd had read that warm toned paintings sold better than cool temperature ones did, that didn't stop my inner instincts from using the temperature I liked the best, usually with teal or turquoise as the main ingredient.
Then I traveled overseas to Europe for the first time, with a short stop in northern Italy. From that point on, it seems that my instincts have been telling me to paint 'warm' temperature pictures most of the time. Could it be that a life changing experience or journey can also result in an artist preference responding occurrence? Surely... if that's even a sentence that makes sense???
"SHOW OFF" Transparent Watercolor on 140#CP Arches, 15 x 11" COLLECTED

4 comments:

Dawn said...

the blue jay is excellent, warm or cold, I love it!

RHCarpenter said...

I agree - excellent bird!! Great colors!

Sandy said...

Well I gotta say, these cool temperature ones are gorgeous. This bird and those bricks are amazing. Sandy, you just inspire me so much to actually learn to paint some day (for real) haha.

I LOVE that bird.

Sandy Maudlin said...

Thanks for the comments. I so enjoy watching the birds.