A couple of Saturdays ago, Jan came by to continue our color explorations. She had been at the Sunday Parkways Southeast as both a participant and a volunteer and was finishing out her day by painting for a couple of hours. Our assignment was to use the hot colors, as Lucia Salemme defined them (cadmium yellow medium; cadmium red light, medium, & dark; yellow ochre; ultramarine blue; titanium white; ivory black; and raw umber, along with mixtures of cadmium yellow and ultramarine and cadmium red and ultramarine). After laying out all our paints, we were to make a “Hot” painting. (Salemme’s book is dated 1970, so “hot” meant temperature and color — and nothing else — to her).
Here’s Jan scanning some remnants of the earlier part of her day for an image to paint:
She decided to paint “hot” bicycles, a choice that puzzled me, but which I knew I couldn’t address. Wheeled vehicles are not my strength.
But I was running out of the size canvas she needed to paint on, so she ended up with a very blue (probably cobalt) background on a painted-over canvas. Salemme says cobalt blue is a cool color. I don’t believe her, which may be why I gave Jan that canvas to work with.
Jan was not altogether pleased with her results (you can see the edge of the blue canvas on the easel.)
But I thought that her bicycles, even if they weren’t very “hot,” were quite splendid:
She says it’s a painting of “Biking in Portland”, with the necessary accoutrements of angels looking after you — and rain. You see where I get my sense of humor.
For my “hot” work, I did another painting to send off to Sheila. She’s my buddy with whom I’m doing a challenge. Since she has to do twice as much work as I do (she’s doing textiles; I’m doing painting) I thought it only fair to send two pieces to her one. Besides, the only other piece in my studio that looks like the same painter painted it is the one I did called Sheila’s Hydrangeas.
Sheila’s Daylilies, 12 x 16, oil on board, 2009
Here’s the other Sheila painting:
JOU, Sheila’s Hydrangeas, 12 x 16″, Oil on board, 2009
And here, again, is Sheila’s piece, to which I was responding:
Sheila Barnes, Azalea Mosaic #5: Slippery Slope, 12 x 16″, textile, 2009