Maine: Color Planning in Painting
We are back at Bob’s wonderful place on the water at Marshall Point this morning. I want to do another painting of the house I painted there last week – “Mainely for Vacation”
I had a Eureka moment yesterday afternoon as I completely cleaned my palette to put in clean colors for the next day. Wednesday was a difficult day and I did not complete a painting I was happy with. I decided that my colors might be too old and tired. I was getting grayed versions and my colors lacked energy. I told myself I would shrug off the bad aspect of the day and begin anew. Cleaning – or cleansing my palette (not to be confused with cleansing my palate) seemed like a great idea…
I commandeered the Craignair’s backyard hose and scrubbed my plastic watercolor palette squeaky clean. It’s quite a chore because the watercolor pigment never seems to quit. It reminded me of the time I was staying at my mother’s house and I put my palette in her dishwasher to clean it; it cleaned it alright but also left a blue tint from the Phtalo Blue (also know by its full name, Phthalocyanine Blue), a strong staining color. Mom was a bit upset with me and I don’t blame her – I know never to attempt that again!
So here I am in a color mode and ready to tackle the next day with a fresh, open mind – maybe not unlike how Tiger Woods might shrug off a bad shot into a water hazard.
After cleaning my palette, I put it down on the floor in my room. That’s when I noticed that the rug colors were similar to last week’s painting of the red house. I examined the colors closely and got excited about the interesting color combinations. Call me an art geek, I guess…
I grabbed my camera and pulled the rug out (literally) from all of the furniture to get a little afternoon sunlight on it to photograph it. That’s when I made an important discovery: I found a $1,000 bill under the rug. No, just kidding…
I decided to use the colors (if I can find or create similar ones from the paints I have with me. If not, I can certainly attempt it back in the studio. I will probably use my butcher tray because I most likely will not want these colors on my permanent palette.
So, friends, neighbors, family and colleagues, there will be NO Maine paintings by Robert Leedy today – only an interesting lesson that one can find inspiration (and possibly $1,000 bills) in the most unlikely places. It only takes an open mind, a little perseverance, and, as I always say, a good sense of humor.
Come back tomorrow for Friday’s episode of Robert Leedy’s Watercolors in Maine. If there are technical difficulties, Robert Leedy’s How to Wrap Your Golf Club Around a Tree will be aired…
If you would like to comment on my method of inspiration for colors – or have your own little secret inspiration – I would gladly like to hear from you in the comments section below.
And now, what you have been waiting for: The Colors.
No, this is not a Robert Leedy watercolor.
all from the same rug – just different views in different light…
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- July 31, 2008 / 6:33 am