|"Flower Girl and Ring Bearer" x6" Oil on canvas panel|
I have always been an enormous fan of Georgia O'Keeffe and her large flower paintings. Regardless of size, I was just hoping to paint one that could be recognized as a rose...a very challenging subject.
For me, white is the most difficult color to paint. White contains all color as demonstrated by light refracting through a crystal. As the white beam of light passes through the crystal, it breaks into a full spectrum of colors found in the rainbow. Funny, I had always assumed black contained all color, when in fact it is the complete absence of all color.
Sir Francis Bacon said, "In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present." In this painting, I used a black background to set off and contrast the mostly all white foreground. Black and everything in between, can you see all the different colors I used to create this white rose? Creamy white, golden yellows, pale violet, soft blues, peach, and greens all used to create the illusion of white. Without the use of all the other graduating hues of color, all you would see is a flat, non-dimensional blob of white paint. Michele Cooper was quoted saying, "Given the right lighting, all the colors in the world can be seen in a white object."
Have you ever noticed all the color in clouds or snow?
Thank you for stopping to smell my technicolor rose today.