|"Tallulah Reflections" 10" x 14" Oil on Canvas|
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I decided to set up a challenge for this little painting: to use no more than three colors plus white, no matter what. I chose the following three colors.
For days I'd been stewing over this scene from the Tallulah River. It was about mid-afternoon, but the sun was falling behind the mountains making it feel much later. I was struck by all the warm and cool colors reflecting on the water's surface and as it always happens later in the day, the light was changing by the minute as were the colors. I'd been stewing because those colors had me guessing what in the world was I seeing. It was a good time to start subtracting from all the colors available and ask myself what was I REALLY seeing.
Greens, blues, golds, deep brownish reds, pinks and purples, so without much thought I decided on a triad of primaries: a red, a yellow and a blue. Sometimes the solution to clearing the clutter can be found in going back to the most simple thing you know.