February 15, 2012

Morning Palms
24x8, oil on canvas

In this painting I wanted to capture the warmth and the calmness of life on Johns Island, SC. I have been working hard on finding more depth in my paintings. Working with colors that I "grey down" in contrast to the more pure and vivid pigments, seems to be a combination that my eye enjoys. When placing a muted cool green next to a deep rich gold the eye automatically pushes the green to the background while the gold comes forward. I read somewhere that the eye does not see yellow at a distance. So it makes sense that warmer colors work well in the foreground of any painting. Next time you are taking in the landscape around you take notice of the colors you see far away. 

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