Painting yellow

Spring is in the air. The trees are blooming. School is suspended for a week. #springbreak! Driving my daughter to and from a sleepover I settled on the idea of moving away from orange paintings, for a while, and paint the lovely bright yellow forsythia dotting the neighborhood landscape.

Forsythia in full bloom

Forsythia is a yellow flowering bush native to China. It was discovered and brought to English gardens in the 1800s. Using kitchen shears I cut a few twigs off my neighbor’s Forsythia (shhhh) and set to work creating a composition.

I can’t tell you how happy I am to be painting yellow. Here are some pictures of the work in progress.

I began by setting up the composition. I took a photo and I am glad I did because the blooms I plucked off the branch withered in about 45 mins. Underdrawing and yellow paint. Did I mention I love yellow! The cool yellows began to appear green on my palette. I added titanium white as the yellows are translucent. I wanted the paint to be more opaque.

Outlining the flowers in black or brown. The yellow really begins to pop agains the black and dark brown of the base. I used blue to capture the reflections on the glass vase. I always love painting transparent and translucent pieces. I found this vase at the Dollar Tree. I use it often for real and fake flowers.

Almost finished. Must allow this layer of paint to dry before adding washes of black and scumbling in some details of the vase. It is difficult to patiently wait for the paint to dry before adding the finishing touches and details. The flowers need their details.

During the painting process I reflected on how my mentoring session with Abbey Ryan. Her influence has positively affected my painting progress in many ways. I am grateful for the opportunity to study with her guidance. She paints alla prima, finishing a painting in one sitting using wet into wet.

In my reflection I realized that before my mentoring session with Abbey, I would allow my paintings to dry for a few days. Then add washes or stumbling to the dry painting. I love all the changes I have incorporated into my practice, but I think I will also celebrate my own style and my reasons for glazing.

Thank you for reading about my painting process.

My best,
Emily Warren

Published by Art Belongs to Everyone

Remember Reflect Reform In this work, I have been exploring phenomena of memory augmentation. I experimented with reflections and cinematic images by juxtaposing photographs, paint, wood, and mylar. The direction of the work includes painting intimate, reflective, observations of augmented memories.  I began by building a cabinet of curiosities as a way to form a tableau painting and experiment with different media. Inspired by the relief paintings by artist Sally Han, I built a model of a Victorian cabinet using tenets of Darwin's theory of evolution. I painted on a variety of surfaces including wood, photographs, and adding raw lumber to the pieces. In this process, I disassembled the cabinet to give autonomy to each piece. Although I diverted from the original idea of a final installation, there was an impulse to paint larger. Adding mylar was yet another way to accentuate reflection as a part of the critical dialogue with the work. The final result offers an opportunity to remember, reflect, and reform.

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