It’s official. I’m going through a blue period. I’ve decided to experiment and explore the colour blue in detail in my art. I’ll be working/collecting blue objects like a satin bowerbird. And I’ll be arranging/painting my still life compositions with a blue theme/palette. It all started when I wanted to try a monochromatic composition. At first, I thought about pink. Because pink is pretty. And there’s so many pink flowers around. Then I thought about red. Because it’s the first colour of the spectrum. But I’m not very good at following orders/rules. Then all of the other colours of the rainbow popped into my mind. And black and white. And fluorescent. (How fabulous would that be?!) But blue stood out. And it made sense. Because we both love blue. And we already have a few blue things in the house. The universe was aligning us on a blue path. Blue was everywhere. And so blue it is. And here we are. Blue has become the centre of my attention over the past week.
Many great artists have appreciated the colour blue. And produced many beautiful blue works. Including Picasso, Van Gogh and O’Keeffe. Some of my favourite artists. And to name a few. I look forward to following in their footsteps. Picasso produced powerful/emotional blue paintings during his blue period. Van Gogh used blue freely/intensely with his expressive brushstrokes. For example, in ‘The Starry Night’. And O’Keeffe used blue beautifully/poetically in many of her ethereal works. Recently, I’ve been inspired by the works of Australian still life artist Criss Canning. I first discovered her works on Instagram. I love all of her detailed/luscious oil paintings. Including her wonderful monochromatic works. She’s one of my favourite Australian still life artists atm. And a great inspiration. (Thank you Criss!) Along with Margaret Preston. And more. Do view Criss Canning’s works when you can. They’re just absolutely exquisite! 1
Blue is such a beautiful colour. I do love it in all of its myriad shades. It can be cool and calming. Deep and emotional. It doesn’t always have to be sad. It can also be bright/happy. Just look up at the sky. And out to the sea. It’s the colour of our planet. And blue looks great – in the house or out. And it’s easy to wear. I’m not sure how long my blue art period will last for. Maybe one year, maybe two. Maybe just one painting. But I’m going to give it go. I might also experiment with all of the other colours of the rainbow one day. But we’ll wait and see – one step/colour at a time. Let’s see how blue pans out first. Anyhow, a blue period seems like a fun/exciting idea to explore. It’s a side project. And I’ll keep you updated on its progress. I still have other ‘normal’ paintings that I need to complete and new ones that I want to start. And I’ll continue to work on them. So please keep your commission inquiries coming. Do you like blue? Excuse me while I try on my denim jacket. smile
- Read about other blue highlights in art history here. Also, don’t forget about the upcoming ‘O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism’ exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (1 July – 2 October 2017). The exhibition is the largest survey of O’Keeffe’s work to visit Australia. We are going to this Cynthia and Pet. ↩