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Painting Mood.

by MILLIEGIFTSMITH , June 3, 2008—12:00 AM

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For 2 years I spent a lot of time in the hospital with my sick husband. He had a lot of physical problems and died in 1998. I used to do a lot of waiting in the waiting rooms and one day I saw this girl sitting there waiting just like me. I had my sketch book and quickly sketched her. It was the mood that I wanted to express, her appearance was so sad. I knew that kind of feeling, so when I got home I quickly did a fast watercolor of it while I still had it on my mind. I used arches 140lb. watercolor paper and a big brush. With my umber colors I did this fast portrait. I think capturing mood is good in painting. Different colors express moods. The warm colors can be used to make a happy painting, So I used the umber shades to express sadness. Why dont you try out all your colors and experiment with the moods they give you? It is a good way to express your feelings. Milliegiftsmith




  kelly m ( homepage )

06/09/2008 * 16:20:28

Millie -- your comments about how colors convey moods or attitudes is very evident in this work -- the sombre tones, the stance -- all work to convey that sense of sadness and perhaps tiredness? I think I'll give it a try, too. I've been working more in watercolor lately and tend toward the "happy" spring colors, so this would be a challenge!

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