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In “The Art Spirit” written by Robert Henri, he tells us that “There is a color over all colors which unites them and which is more important than the individual colors. At sunset the sun glows. The color of the grasses, figures and houses may be lighter or darker or different, but over each there is the sunset glow.”

To capture a sunset’s glow, is the situation I found myself in on a cold, windy afternoon. this situation and this painting demonstrates the glow of a winter afternoon. It was freezing cold and windy when a marvelous sunset appeared. It was my intention to capture this sunset’s glow and the couple that came and sat down on a wall, all bundled up in their winter coats and sitting very close to ward off winter’s cold.

Capture the Sunset Glow

Capture the Sunset Glow

Information about this painting is at http://ElleneBreedloveDavis.com/paintings

All colors are moody colors, they influence a mood depending

Artists Moody Color

Artists Moody Colors

on the colors that are the artist’s personal preference. In today’s world, artists have the freedom to express any mood in their art.

Artists should take into consideration three things before the painting begins or is in the planning stage.

1.  Who will you paint this piece for?

2.  What are your patrons or collectors color preferences?

3.  What is their favorite time of year and subjects?

Is this painting for a sophisticated home or office with an abstract appeal, or where the work force is young, energetic and on the way up? Use a totally modern and abstract painting with a few bright colors added for emphasis?

Or, for the traditional home where there are several in the family, and the ages of family members and their interest are taken into consideration? For young parents and children choose a landscape with animals and people.  Be sure to use warm and cool colors in a spring painting, as spring denotes new beginnings.

Does your collector like to travel? I personally know of a couple of not yet middle age people that are world travelers and like a wide variety of colors and subjects to decorate their home.  These collectors would enjoy a sentimental painting depicting a special place they have visited.

Many retired collectors have downsized and moved away from the time deadening pace of the business world into beautiful mountain cabins where a brilliant fall painting would fit their decor and new style of life where time is less important.

The study of color and art make an intriguing study and has lasted for many years for me.  I love to see the colors come to life and study the different preferences in my collector’s paintings.

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Original Watercolor Painting - Maine Trees

Original Watercolor Painting – Maine Trees

Original Watercolor Painting|Maine Trees

On a visit to Rockland, Maine I visited my dear friend, L Jaye Bell.  L Jaye went with me to the Farnsworth Museum where we studied the original paintings of the Wyeth’s.  The colors and light displayed in their paintings are breathtaking, no matter which medium was used. The Farnsworth Museum features paintings from all three generations of Wyeth’s, N C, Andrew and James.

Needless to say I came home from this trip ready to paint.

Maine Trees is the first of a series titled “Maine Trees” that were painted as a result of this visit.

My love for transparency shows in this painting and the use of trans-parent grays make this a happy painting.

Two different sets of complimentary colors are in this painting.  As you know complementary colors are colors that are directly across from each other on the color wheel.

The first set of complementary colors I see are blue and orange with the blue placed just under the orange leaves.

The second set of complimentary colors are the violet and yellow.

When one primary color and its compliment are mixed the colors become a secondary color and grayed.  These grayed, semi-transparent colors have their place in a painting as does the primary, transparent colors.

The primary colors I probably used, even tho I didn’t make a note of them, are Aureolin Yellow, Cobalt Blue and Rose Madder Genuine.  These are pigments I use often in my paintings.

The painting  above is painted with this type information. Maine Trees was painted with a warm and cool palette on 140 lb cold press watercolor paper.  It is an 8 x10 and not matted or framed. Can be shipped in a mailing tube. For more information on this and other paintings go to http://ElleneBreedloveDavis.com/paintings

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Willing to Create

Willing to Create

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When someone asks you are you willing to do…… how do you answer?  Is it with an attitude such as well alright, with pleasure or no sooner said than done? Or is it more often that  you are willing to do but say that “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”  What would you mean by this last phrase?

I think we all recognize that this phrase comes from the Bible, Matthew 26:41 to be exact.  So, fast forward to modern times and apply it to your life today.

Here are 3 ways to end the conflict between being willing  to be creative and accomplish your dreams but,  just not able to silence your negative inner spirit. Continue Reading »

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