29 Apr

Pat Orange 2

I carried on painting today. I’m just doing a bit at a time because I tend to get very stressed over painting, which doesn’t happen when I draw or make original prints. So I’m just dashing over to it, slapping some acrylic paint on it, then dashing away to do something else. Today I put a wash of orange over the yellow towards the bottom of the canvas roll. It’s a complementary colour to the blue and I like using complementary colours – they create such intensity. I also started to block in some darker areas on the overalls, overlaying the cerulean with a red-biased pthalo blue. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylics, mostly transparent or translucent as I like layering glazes over each other. This is a portrait of the artist Patti McJones that I started 5 years ago, it’s a big piece, almost life size.

8 Responses to “Complementary”

  1. Genie Geer April 30, 2019 at 22:48 #


  2. David Tovey April 30, 2019 at 20:35 #

    I really love this, seriously i really do, the colours are fab and the subject is so bloody cool looking in her overalls.

  3. Alli Farkas April 30, 2019 at 18:41 #

    Can’t go wrong with complimentary colors, which is why this somewhat lazy artist consistently employs them!

  4. Sharon Mann April 30, 2019 at 14:46 #

    Beautiful addition of color!

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