It's a Sensitive Subject

8 Jul 2012

Topics and ideas that tend to strike a chord and spark debate are often that way because they are so subjective. In art, color is definitely one of those sensitive subjects because no two people see a color in exactly the same way, nor do painters always mix colors identically to create similar end results. Usually, we all go along on our own and arrive at colors independently.

Collange la Rouge by Sherry Zvares Sanabria, acrylic painting on paper, 30 x 60.
Collange la Rouge by Sherry Zvares Sanabria, acrylic painting on paper, 30 x 60.

Artist Sherry Zvares Sanabria is, however, one of those painters who I'd follow around making notes as she goes about her studio practice because I'd like to know exactly how she gets many of the colors in her acrylic painting work. Painting with acrylic on board, Sanabria creates interiors and old building facades that are very architecturally informed and filled with subtle variations of light, with every surface an understated but beautiful color.

Blue Chamber by Sherry Zvares Sanabria, acrylic painting on paper, 40 x 60.
Blue Chamber by Sherry Zvares Sanabria,
acrylic painting on paper, 40 x 60.
Painting with acrylics, Sanabria captures the richness of color-and that is usually ascribed as the domain of oil paints. But her skill in making color appear transparent and glowing shows she knows her chosen acrylic painting techniques very well. Her paints are loose, almost like watercolor washes. She doesn't just go from tube to surface. Instead, Sanabria is really forceful when she applies paint, working it into the surface, rubbing it down with a cloth, and then going in again. She also doesn't spend a lot of time building color on her palette away from the actual painting. Instead she does a lot of color mixing right on her surface.

Our newest book, 500 Acrylic Mixes, shows you how vast and varied an acrylic painting palette can be and, more importantly, shows you how to create all those hues for yourself. If you want a skillful use of color to be a predominant part of any painting you create, 500 Acrylic Mixes is definitely worth a look. Enjoy!


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ellen cooke wrote
on 14 Jul 2012 9:57 AM

I call the colors rich, in texture, realness, and just eye-pleasing.  It makes me want to be in the picture.  It also makes me want to follow the artist around and learn all that I can from her.

aimkdpark wrote
on 15 Jul 2012 4:29 PM

At first glance I had thought the "Collange la Roughe" was a photo.  The artist truely captures the light and shadows with rich definition. Thanks for sharing.