Friday, February 01, 2013

Orange study - SOLD

Morning Sunshine - SOLD

Pigments Through the Ages states:

The color we know as orange was referred to in Old English as “geoluhread,” which means yellow-red. The word “orange” was adopted after the eponymous fruit was introduced to English via the Spanish word naranja, which came from the Sanskrit word nāraṅga.

Orange and turquoise are my two favourite painting colours and they turn up over and over, especially in my fish paintings - well in most of my paintings you'll find traces of them.  The orange I like is pure pigment, cadmium orange is a warm colour which turns more towards yellow and my turquoise of choice (more like easy access/no mix) is Daniel Smith cobalt teal blue, however I do create my own turquoise using ultramarine and pthalo green with titanium white.  There are endless combinations of colours to create turquoise, depending on what value and warmth/coolness you want.

Still in acrylics I started this study of a clementine over a panel that I scrapped then restarted, using a black background over the offending part  of the original painting and leaving the perimeter pale.   Of course a form of blue and lavender crept in to offset the orange and there it was. No, not turquoise, but blues are never far away.


Katherine Thomas said...

Aw, this is a wonderful post and a gorgeous painting! I enjoyed reading about your process and the information about orange. Art means more to me when the artist has put some real thought into the meaning of the subject and what it conveys to the world. :)

Jeanette said...

Thanks Katherine. I love the history of objects and paint included. I often wonder where the origins came from and how colours are created.

Like many things, it helps to have a deeper understanding of what went before.

Wai Li said...

Wow this is awesome. I wanna be able to produce art like this. I'll keep at it. :)

Celeste Bergin said...

very sensitive...the colors are lovely!

RH Carpenter said...

Beautiful job - love the white veins and the color combo. Thanks for the behind the scenes info, too - being a color geek, I like that kind of stuff.

Jeanette said...

Wai Li, thanks. Yep, its the only way to get there - put in the 10,000 hours!

Thanks Celeste, orange is 'my' colour, I think I'll have to starting wearing it and turquoise exclusively. :)

Hi Rhonda, thanks for the comments. Clementines and oranges - all the citrus fruit have such interesting textures and when the light shines through the flesh they become irresistable to me.