Untitled Experiment

Today’s experiment:

I began today with yellow. I deemed yellow as a color that represents the past, a topic that fascinates me. My color metaphor for the past is yellow and sepia.  I have 12 different yellows in my paint box so I tried to arrange them in order from the greenish lemon yellow to the orange-brown Naples yellow. I used a 1/2 inch flat brush to paint parallel curves of each of the yellows.

I couldn’t decide what to do next so I set the sketch aside for a while. Even after this, nothing about the composition suggested what to do next.  By rote, I surrounded the mass of yellow curves with their complementary color, purple. I changed to a blue complement to surround the orange-tinted yellows.

I thought the other edge of the yellow shapes would benefit with a red surround. A red/yellow border does not present as stark a contrast as a purple/yellow border. This was the look I wanted.

After more incubation, with the sketch out of sight. I decided I wanted some stark colors in the middle of the yellow field. I used ultramarine blue and white to paint the upper part of a curved shape; I also combined this blue with alizarin crimson to create a purple curve directly in contact with the original yellow stripes still visible. I scraped away some of the oil paint to reveal some of the watercolors I first set down on the paper.

So much for the best laid plans.

Watercolor and Oil: Abstract - Experiment with Yellows, Overwritten with Blues and Purples

Untitled Experiment
Watercolor and Oil on 9″x12″ 140# Cold Pressed Watercolor Block,


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