Sunday, December 7, 2008


The last of the green bean casserole has been eaten and we're getting back into some sense of a routine after our Thanksgiving blow-out.

Back in my studio after not having been there for way too long I found myself floundering a bit. What to do? How to do it?

When in doubt, sometimes it helps to break convention and try something out of the ordinary. I'm not talking anything really weird here. I don't paint with condiments or throw things from my second story studio. I refuse to tie my brushes to the Wiggly Dog's tail or paint with my eyes closed. No, I simply reached for some yellow.

Yellow is not my favorite color. No special reason, I just don't reach for it easily in my collection of pastels. I've got several hundred sticks of soft pastels in many different brands, and the yellow group is overly neat and clean compared to the blues, reds, oranges and especially the greens. So, because I was still feeling a little full after our Thanksgiving revelry, I decided to stretch just a teeny tiny bit by going sunny.
Oh, the agony.
I still don't like yellow. I don't read it easily. What looks like an orangey-yellow in my palette turns greeny-yellow on the paper.
Except when it doesn't. Then there's the grey area where it's no longer yellow but not quite green (sorry, I couldn't resist the pun). Reading the warm/cool aspect of that particular blending was giving me a headache.
Look, I get that I'm not doing rocket surgery here. There's no heavy lifting going on. But it's a challenge to keep fresh and not fall asleep at the easel.
Pick a new color. Give it a shot and see what shows up.
Yellow 24 x 18 Pastel 2008


Preenie said...

Way to step out of your box, girl friend!!! This painting is fabulinko : -) Hmmm...need to push myself deeper into my art.
See you soon.

Pilgrim/Heretic said...

But... but... but you did all those sunflowers and black-eyed Susans in that gorgeous rich yellow! Is it just pastel yellow you aren't as excited about? Are there colors you like differently depending on whether they're oil or pastel?

Patricia said...

Interesting!! I hadn't thought of that! I LOVE cadmium yellow oil paint. It's tempting to "accidently" smear some on my jeans when I paint, just so I can experience the creamy feel of it.
Yup, it's the stick of yellow in it's pastel form that bugs me. Just one brand, now that you mention it. And of course, I loaded up on that brand at the suggestion of a friend.
Hm, maybe I like yellow after all!
Thanks, Pilgrim.

Karine said...

Despite your struggle with yellow, you sure can paint with it!!! Gorgeous, Patty.

Nancy and the fatties said...

Really good advice Patty - love your new pic - you look very happy in your picture, like you had just finished a masterpiece in yellow or something. ; )