How do I choose the colors I use in my paintings? It is the color that first inspires me and magnetizes me to the scene. I’m always on the lookout for something gorgeous. Colors in nature are astounding. I cannot even believe that a color in a tube of paint can match the color I see as I look at the sky, the sea, the land. So ravishing and enjoyable, it is color that I drink in. When deciding to make a painting, it is color that motivates me to look more intensely at everything in my view.
When I begin to lay the paint on to the canvas I start experimenting, trying to approximate what I am seeing. This can result in some surprising combinations. I rely on my collection of my favorite tubes of color but very often like to fiddle with a mixture. I hardly ever remember what I used the last time in similar circumstances so I usually improvise. This memory lapse helps me to see it all with fresh eyes.
I use only colors that I love! If I mix a pile of oil paint that I don’t care for, I know to quickly abandon it. You can never make a picture right if the color irks you. Just laying one beautiful color next to another is what attracts and holds my interest.
Don’t forget, I will be showing my paintings July 19-21 at Ashawagh Hall, in Springs –East Hampton at “Art in the Open”. Saturday evening is the reception 5-8 pm but the show is open all 3 days- Friday – Sunday. There will be a special selection of artworks of the first sites protected and conserved by the Peconic Land Trust. I hope you will be able to stop by to see it.
Until next time,
This month I will donate 10% of my sales to the Peconic Land Trust. I am a founding member of Plein Air Peconic, the artist group dedicated to helping the Peconic Land Trust conserve the natural beauty of the East End of Long Island.