The Winter Crows image done with underlying layers of tissue paper, then in a layer of gesso and, finally, a layer of acrylics with a muted color palette. This was a new mixed media experiment and the result has some fun texture. Contemporary color in painting is a fairly recent development. Artists have been painting for hundreds of years or more, of course. However, the range of color in pigments was limited, as was accessibility. The brilliant color hues that are available to artists today first appeared in the mid and late 19th century with the onset of the industrial revolution. It was a two part revolution. The first was chemist discoveries of the pure hues like, chrome yellow and emerald green. Later came the cadmiums, artificial ultramarine, alizarine and the pthalos. The second revolutionary invention was the invention of a metal tube with a screw top container, still used today, that replaced relatively fragile animal bladders. Sweeping style changes began to roll through the artistic world. Impressionists, like Claude Monet, moved outside to paint the land�s light and shadow and in the process play with the interaction of complementary colors. Paintings became about color pattern. Post- impressionists followed with experiments in subjective color rather than naturalistic Painters like Van Gogh and Gaugin began to flatten depth as well. Interestingly, in the late 1880�s with the onset of the photograph and its precise detail, painting became looser and more powerful expressions of color. The 1950s saw a group of American painters begin to work the style of abstract expressionism in bright colors. Some of this group worked with geometric forms, like Kenneth Nolan and Frank Stella, while others� works were more organic and virtually formless (Helen Frankenhaler and Estaban Vincente. Bright color remained popular for 50 years and then many contemporary painters returned to browns, grays, black and white. A few artists have continued to play with the vibrant hues and continue to create intense, bright exciting works of art. Jeanette French, paintings, photographs, canvas prints framed prints, metallic prints, acrylic prints, greeting cards, gift cards, fine art, website, jeanette-french.pixels.com. Creating portals of light, love, joy, beauty, compassion, hope and gratitude is my lifelong passion and gift for the earth, hence the name of my art business, For the Earth. My mother painted in oils when I was young and encouraged my own drawing, painting and handcrafting in all forms. My father, the photographer, gave me my first camera at age 8. As a result of these loving influences, I am a lifelong student of both mediums. I am grateful to my wonderful Pacific NW painter teachers, Stan Capon and Edi Olson, for training my eye and technique. I hope you will enjoy this image as much as I enjoyed its creation. More gifts for the earth can be found at this website, jeanette-french.pixels.com.
December 1st, 2016
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