Friday, April 25, 2008

Playing with Color

Snags at Twilight
9 x 12 soft pastels in Art Spectrum Colourfix
Miki Willa
This morning, I just wanted to play with colors. I have to say my inspirations have been Julie at Virtual Voyage and Casey Klahn at Pastel (see their links on the side). Julie takes wonderful photos and paints with fantastic vibrant colors. Casey also uses great brilliant colors. I wanted to do something with gold, orange, turquoise, and purple. I also wanted to get some depth in the painting. At first, I just stared at the four pastels I pulled from the box. Then, this vision came to me of dead trees in a highly polluted twilight. I wanted bands of color so I chose orange for the land in the foreground, turquoise for the polluted water, and gold for the heavily reflective polluted sky. The darkest purple I have served nicely for the snags. I seem to think in "statements" when I work in the abstract, which is very rare. I wonder why that is. I think the painting is a little brighter in real life, but I didn't want to mess with it in Photoshop this time.

4 comments:

virtualvoyage1.wordpress.com said...

Oooo - I love this, as you might expect! Thanks for the recommendation and the nice thoughts. Bought a piece of chipboard yesterday after a search that is large enough to staple canvas to (if I want to frame the work, the result can be glued to backing board, makes a good job of it.)So may be a WIP shortly....

What you've done with this is inspiring, and agree about the relationship of the strokes to the
ground.

virtual voyage said...

Miki - thanks for your helpful comment - wordpress is more complicated than blogger and I've created one or two teething problems
by not quite following the system in the way it's designed! Should settle down after I've had a chat with IT son.

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks for the mention, Miki. You are being prolific, lately.

Mary Ann said...

Miki - I really like this!
I love the colors --