Exploring the Rainbow of Greens. Summer 2, Oil on Paper
A study of blue and green. It is interesting that our eyes can distinguish more greens than any other color. This creates a unique beauty and a unique challenge for a painter: there is not green, but a rainbow of greens. There are yellow greens, orange greens, green greens, and blue greens. They are grey greens. This has been a tough season and to re-emerge with a rainbow of greens seems fitting. 🌈. Summertime 1, Rainbow of Greens. Oil on Arches Paper.
Old oil paint is a piece of history, and something that can’t really be duplicated. Paint that is 40 or 50 years or old can be fantastic. Sometimes the quality is far superior to modern day paints of the same brand. However sometimes it can far worse. Some tubes are especially toxic, some are not lightfast. Using the paints of the past depends on a careful understanding of materials and sometimes some testing. When you find some paint that is as good or better than the best European brands that you can buy today, it makes it all worth it. The tubes in this pic aren’t necessarily in that category, but they’re no slouch, either 😊
Life motto, art motto ⚓️🌈🎨💯
Pigment studies and color studies are endlessly interesting. Production of Manganese Blue ceased in the 1980s, when its manufacture in other industries was no longer viable. (Artists materials make up a very small part of the wider industrial markets for manufacturing). Unfortunately for artists, this blue hits a unique color note on the palette- a light bright cyan. You probably remember the color charts I made in an effort to explore how to duplicate this rare color. You can tell from the logo design that this tube hails from several decades ago, as the packaging for W&N has changed several times. This was a lucky find that was buried in a lot of old paint! 🌈💙
These two are two of my favorite paintings. They were painted together, and make a nice duo. Unearth/Resurrect, and When We Rise. 4”x6” Oil on Aluminum Panel. .
Available at 6 PM MST tonight. Link in Profile.
Heartbeat, Oil on Panel, 6” x 8 “
Unearth/Resurrect, Oil on Aluminum Panel, 4”x 6”. Float Framed.
This pairs well with “When We Rise” in a duo and “The Blue Distance Beckons” in a trio. Link will be in profile and go live at 6PM
May you unearth all you need find. And may it rise again in resurrection.
The Blue Distance Beckons, Oil on Panel 5”x7”
. “One day, on a precipice
You realized that the air is all around you
The air cares nothing for a human—
Human wall, human rock, human will. It will push, and not regarding you, it will reconvene just beyond you and keep rushing.
On the precipice, you can see for miles. The air doesn’t know pain, doesn’t know loneliness. In the dome of the sky there may yet be a kindly Benevolence. And somehow you have to keep going. For one thing, you can’t stay here. And besides, the Blue Distance Beckons.”
Available at 6 PM MST. Link will be in profile🎨
Tonight at 6 PM MST, this piece and several others will be available on my online gallery store!
When We Rise, Oil on Aluminum panel
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