Backlit self portrait

This week I’m using Crimson, this painting contains:

  • Alizarin Crimson Hue Permanent 04
  • Naphthol Crimson 07
  • Burnt Umber 13
  • Cadmium Yellow Light Hue 21
  • Brilliant Yellow Green 23
  • Deep Green Permanent 26
  • Ultramarine Blue 34
  • Light Blue Violet 35

After Matisse, Laurette in a green robe

After Matisse, Laurette in a green robe, January 2017
After Matisse, Laurette in a green robe, January 2017

This is the second week of paintings inspired by paint colours. This week I’m focussing on Magenta. There are two magentas in the Liquitex Basics box of 48 colours, Medium Magenta and Quinacridone Magenta.

The colour was one of the first synthetic colours produced, originally called fuchsine, as it resembles so closely the colour of fuchsias. Bizarrely the name was changed to magenta, after the Battle of Magenta, in the 1860s. Later in the 1930s the quinacridone colours were developed and, obviously, Quinacridone Magenta is one of those.

I was working from a reproduction of Matisse’s work, and I’m not at all sure that he was in fact using magenta, although the violet pink is very modern, as is the bright emerald of the Laurette’s robe. It’s interesting when you stop to copy a painting, and start to look at it, that you realise things, for example, that the black of the background is not the same as the black of the surround around the armchair. In my painting this is obvious. Matisse has managed a very deep blue black that encompasses the chair with only thin lines of white showing near Laurette’s head and feet.

Colours used:

  • Medium Magenta
  • Quinacridone Magenta
  • Naples Yellow Hue
  • Light Green Permanent
  • Phthalocyanine Green
  • Unbleached Titanium
  • Mars Black

studio log

Back in the studio today, I start by sweeping up and moving things that don’t belong in the studio out.
As I sweep I think that it’d be good to write a blog post each studio day, in the morning, writing about my thinking for the day, then in the afternoon, a review, what’s been done.
In the morning, now, I feel fragmented and as if I’ve got too many things to do, but by the afternoon I know that I’ll have achieved one or two things, I’ll have experimented at least, I’ll have calmed down. That’s what making art work does, on the whole, if you are working without too much pressure.

Allow myself the time, post this without over thinking it, then come back again this evening, and write a review.

Things done today:
1. drawing the dog until she decided it was time to go and bark at our neighbour
2. painting with Medium Magenta and Quinacridone Magenta – I copied a work by Matisse, Laurette in a Green Robe, Black Background from 1916. The chair Laurette is sitting in appears to be magenta.