Color! Color! Color!
After weeks and weeks of dull, lifeless views out my window,
I am ready for a spectrum-spanning bout of painting full of rich and deep
colors as well as views with soft and pearlescent light that gleams. I didn't
realize how much energy and happiness I derive from having all the colors of
the color wheel around me...until they were hardly anywhere to be found.
With the weather (hopefully!) about to warm up, I'm jumping
into color with both feet, looking at the works of these artists to get me
ready to whip out color schemes that have been months in the making.
|A landscape painting by Daniel Garber full of rich color.
I could drown in the works of Daniel Garber. There is so
much subtle nuance to each color he mixed as well as how he put them side by side
on his surface. A tree trunk can be golden and glowing like amber. Bark becomes
an occasion for peacock blue and a variety of mossy greens. He paints nature's
|One of Childe Hassam's vibrant, colorful interiors.
Childe Hassam's color appeals to me because it is deftly
controlled chaos. If I were to describe the works to you in words alone, you
might get a puzzled look on your face. Can all those colors possibly come
together? But when you look at it, it's a resounding 'yes!'
|A quietly colored still life by Vuillard.
Vuillard could play many different tunes with color: sometimes
riotous, but also quite demure and subtle. This still life draws me in because
the colors are rich but not vibrant. There is a quietness to them that is
appealing to the eye and restful too.
What is your spring painting inspiration? What have you been
waiting all winter to explore through your art? Share your inspiration by
leaving a comment below. I can't wait to hear! Plus, sharing
your inspiration on the blog automatically enters you into our Spring Cleaning
Contest, where you could win the Zentangle Untangled Ultimate Collection. So
think on what your spring muse will be and share it to win! Enjoy!
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2014, our panel of judges will pick one winner
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