Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Rain & Rebellion

Just a couple of days ago it was sunny here in Portland...now we are back to "normal"--rain, rain, rain. For this sketch I threw all caution to the wind and used ................black. shhhhhhhh. don't tell anyone*.


oil on 11 x 14 paper/foam core




(*Many artists do not use black paint at all, or only in rare situations. Since black is a mixture of all colors, it can be mixed from existing colors. The mixed black will always look more interesting and more lively than a stock black paint. Additionally, adding black to darken other colors makes them look muddy. We're taught not to do it!)

14 comments:

Bonnie Heather said...

I think the black suits this painting. When it's raining things seem crisper like your black portrays.

hwfarber said...

Every stroke of color (or black) is magic in your paintings.

Lori P. said...

Nice!

PAMO said...

Fantastic Celeste! It sure looks like lots of rain. And you used the black beautifully.

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

I am tickled that you put the letters black in teeny font, cracked me up, I totally got it, and it is late for me so I am surprised I am getting anything right now.

-Don said...

Well, if you're going to muddy it up, you might as well do it on a rainy painting, oh rebellious one... Nice job - yet again!

-Don

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

the shadow and light are very good celeste, good works i like it

AutumnLeaves said...

Oh Celeste! This is stunning. A limited palette, the black is striking - perfect for setting the rainy day mood. I so miss the rain of the PNW. I was the only one I knew who didn't complain about it or get sick of it. There was always an enveloping cloak of comfort for me in it.

Perry Brown said...

Great painting Celeste. Love the bold strokes and color.

Kathy said...

I really like this painting a lot. Although I'm one of those artists that doesn't use black (mix my own), it is a hue and has a legitimate place on anyone's palette. Thanks for showing us that this is true!

Manon Doyle said...

I love it!! Even though I also make my own blacks I use carbon black straight from the tube a lot....shhhhh!

Janelle Goodwin said...

Sometimes only black will do. And it works perfectly in your rainy day painting!

Mariano Zucchi said...

Hi Celeste,
great exercise. i like the depht you achieved with few colors and simple brush strokes.

Dan Kent said...

I am so complimented that you are chanting at me - since you are so darn good!

The last time I used black in a picture I thought it stood out like a sore thumb and I admonished myself 50 times. yes, 50.

Occasionally, I have dipped my brush into the black pan, mistaking it for french ultramarine. Ahhhh! not good.

I have considered removing it from my palette - and I may yet. Payne's grey is such a great substitute and it has this stunning bluish tinge.

But you've used it beautifully here. And the purple strokes are wild! Great how you play!

But I really love your last two posts, Oliver and the wolf. Great Spots (of color)!