I have been working on a simplified painting practice. Limited palette, limited brush selection, and limited subject matter. It has been a great experience. I couldn’t be happier with the results. I completed 10-12 paintings focusing on still life in crimson or red. The last week or so I focused on still life in orange.

I do not love orange. I think it might be my least favorite color. I am faced with a struggle. Do I keep going in orange? I painted a naval orange. That was ok. Then I painted rock, paper, scissors because of the orange handle.

And Rock, Paper, Scissors – 12×12 oil on panel

When I finished this painting I wondered what other artists were doing with rock, paper, scissors. I was surprised to see the originality represented. It’s fun to see the same idea painted so many different ways.

And so I continue on in my quest to paint orange things. I am open to any orange ideas. Please feel free to share!

My best,
Emily Warren


Published by Art Belongs to Everyone

The work is inspired by an engagement with play and making peace with uncertainty. I work experimentally, using a digital video to explore painting. I use sound and moving images in non-traditional ways to reverse expectations of horror and comedy. I am drawn to the whimsical nature of self-discovery. I construct repeating narratives, often depicting varying scenarios of serenity, silliness, and reflection.

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