“Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” Claude Monet
Mr. Monet, to me was the master of color – he spun the universe of color letting us marvel in his dazzling creations. Can’t help but chuckle thinking of Monet, I can appreciate where he was coming from as I worked with red in my latest painting. Red, the color of passion and romance – but in this case I was feeling a bit of torment as I tried developing an intensity and richness to the roses.
Red Roses series, #2 is an oil pastel (10×8) painted on Mi-Teintes pastel paper (poppy red). This paper allowed for an overall warm undertone to the painting, giving way for a nice dark background letting the roses take center stage. Sennelier OPs were used because of their creaminess which works beautifully on the pastel paper. The roses in the painting took on a very warm orange-red and I ultimately thought, well-okay let them have their day in the sun. The tools used were my fingers, clay shapers and a straight-edge razor blade for scraping/scratching back and revealing the poppy red paper surface to come through.
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