This last week, I took one of the 30″ x 40″ canvases I had started, and decided to continue enjoying the dance of the previous week, along with its color play, but on a larger scale.
The results overwhelmed me.
The palette changed dramatically from the pastels of Monet, to a hot, spicy blend of reds, oranges and magentas.
But this time, a little tip I picked up while working on Double Shot, also came into play.
Like many of my paintings, Double Shot started out as an analogous painting. Meaning all the colors sat next to each other on the color wheel, except for one complimentary.
But thanks to fellow artist Patti Andre, when I was working on Double Shot, I was gifted with a little knowledge on how to use discord colors to pop a painting. In that painting it meant adding tiny dabs of green and orange to the predominantly blue color scheme.
While dancing through the fire of this newest painting’s reds, I decided to add a little discord to create even more interest.
Can you see the pink dancing through it? The blue? The subtle golds? The greens? All diminutive in nature, playing second fiddle to the brilliance of the brighter tones. Yet enhancing the harmony, with the short notes of discord.
I find this piece fascinating. The more I look at it, the more it is like cloud watching. I see unintentional images everywhere. It is almost hypnotic, the way the numerous layers create images peaking through the layers above.
What images will you find, I wonder?
Have a wonderful first week of September! Seasons are changing and here in the States, the leaves will soon begin their own colorful dance.
Find inspiration in your own life…and don’t forget to Dance!
Reds In Discord is a 30″ x 40″ Intuitive Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
A lovely piece, so full of warmth and energy!
Cyd – you may know me from FB as Nina Caputi. I am one of Ellen’s long time friends and have been watching for your paintings on FB. May I ask if this one is for sale and how much it would cost. If it is not for sale then I would just like to tell you it is so very intriguing and multi-faceted. You are a very talented artist with a real gift. All the best to you in your endeavours! Iona
Thank You so much ZsuZsa. I think the energy comes from me dancing the entire time the layers were being applied! This one just painted itself. :)
Hi Iona, Yes, I do recognize your name.
I am sorry to have to tell you this particular painting is no longer available. However, there are about 10 more of the same size in various stages of completion. Perhaps one of those will intrigue you as much. :)
I believe some artists find their stride right from the start…but I hadn’t quite found where I belonged. It is ironic that working around recent health issues has helped me find my direction. I think this painting was a gift to show me I was on the right path, and wonderful responses like yours are giving me such encouragement that it definitely is!
Thank you so much for such lovely compliments! You truly honor me! ~ Cyd
Oh Cyd – for health reasons I have not been around to blogs like I used to and made today MY day to look around. I am so glad I did. This piece says so much. I love what you said (in a comment) “I think this painting was a gift to show me I was on the right path” I must agree! Most of us knew you ere on the right path, but that it is something you are seeing IS A GIFT!
Please continue to work through it and write about it. I am enjoying just “hearing” you about the piece as much as looking at it!
I see dancers dancing all over a dramatic stage, and I hear music too. You really are alive in this painting!
I am sorry you haven’t been feeling well. So glad to hear you were able to spend some time browsing blogs. :)
Isn’t it interesting how we can see what is happening in others works, so much easier than in our own? I am glad to hear you already thought I was on the right path. I value your opinion.
I absolutely love your description of this piece and my words. I may have to hire you as a copy writer. :)