What Makes A Painting Work Art Blog
Primary colors attract us from the nursery on up. They are not boring. I read some time back of a gallery owner who said that paintings with each of the three primary colors in them were most likely to sell. I don't know how wide spread this experiences. Perhaps the big three in the world of color used together give the viewer a sense of wholeness, of balance and harmony in the universe. Perhaps they are just bright and jolly and make us want to smile and kick like that infant in the nursery.
Used as all or the major part of a painting strong primaries are exciting. If your painting has been feeling a bit tired, doing a few works strictly in a palette of primaries may be just what you need to shake your art up a bit. Even a small work in primary colors can shout yoo-hoo! across a room.
I've been playing with them a bit recently, looking for pleasing compositions in red, blue, and yellow. A yellow mug, on a blue surface, with a red background painted in acrylic made a good business card picture. It gets attention.
The painting shown here is in pastels. It is only 5×5 inches. It owes something to my recent re-examination of the paintings of Mark Rothko after a friend did an homage piece to him. I find that the Rothkos which please me are those which are like stripped bare landscapes. And as with landscapes, if the horizon line divides the plane down the middle it isn't going to make my favorites list. In this painting I chose a high horizon to emphasize the distance across the fields. My world needs a bit more suggestion of detail, something to evoke a sense of story. There, where the golden wheat fields meet the clear blue sky, red asserts itself in a cluster of farm buildings. The viewer is invited to think of those great prairie distances and what they mean to the people who live with them.