A Small Amount of Guilt

“Red Geranium”
oil on linen on panel, 10″ x 8″
No, I am not talking about gold applied to something. I am speaking of the feeling one get’s in the pit of the stomach when a promise is not kept. Yup. That’s what’s going on here. Regular old, pedestrian variety guilt. I didn’t post yesterday as I was prepping for my upcoming workshop gig. And I kept worrying about not posting. (I can’t believe how this public exposure has kept me accountable!)
Being away on the 4th and 5th of this month seems like I was away for weeks!
So, today’s painting is another little still life . . . .more or less inspired by Elio Camacho and his comments about temperature. With intense light on the big geranium blossom, the shadows and highlights stuck out and played a big role. But value isn’t the game in this one. If it was, I would have toned down the color and reached for darks and lights. Instead, using no white on the blossom, I attempted to shift around the color wheel to obtain the illusion of brilliant color. Using yellow with Cad Red Light killed the brilliance, so I had to be extra careful. Alizirin Crimson, while cooler, also posed a problem of too great a shift in value, so I had to spare it somewhat. Working with Quinacridone Rose was the perfect temperature shift I needed against Cad Red Light, since the values of the two colors are very close. By not having big value contrasts in colors, we can see the temperature shifts much more easily. There is a bit of ‘vibration’ of the two colors. It presents a lot of interesting challenges.
I added a bit of zinc white to my red late in the game. It doesn’t make the red become chalky in appearance, but it does dull the brilliance somewhat. Thanks Elio. You are pushing me toward unknown territory. I need to explore this to a much greater degree.
Anyway, since I feel so guilty . . .it looks like I may have to paint another today and post it later to make up for the lost day.
As I lead the workshop over the weekend and Monday, I am afraid I will be falling farther behind. We’ll see. Anyone interested in seeing what I will be covering there? The title is “Composition for Impact” and is aimed to a watercolor painting audience, although other painters in other mediums attend, too.

7 thoughts on “A Small Amount of Guilt”

  1. I know what you mean about the guilt. I didn’t even make the commitment you made and I feel a little guilty not posting more often but I honestly just don’t have time to photograph and post most days.
    It’s hard for me to comment on color because I know first hand how the net butchers my paintings from one screen to the next.
    When are you leaving for Europe? Maybe I will come up and paint and see these in person

  2. Mike,

    Delightful painting! And I so appreciate your taking the time to write about the color aspects of the various reds…
    I especially liked the litle bud at the base of the vase. Good for you! Dump that guilt, and enjoy teaching the class…

  3. Yup, those ArtPacts make you paint, and make your guilt glands work extra-time.

    There is a wonderful sensitivity in this painting. Could it be that when you feel guilty you’re more – – – Nah!

    See you in a couple of hours, at the demo!

  4. worked all day teaching and came home feeling like “no one got it” . . . .and I still feel guilty.

    Elio . . .it’ll have to be in the next two weeks if we are going to grab some time together.

    Thanks Hank and Nava . . .you guys are great support!


  5. Hmm… sorry to hear that you feel this way. It’s a tough crowd, I guess, and I admire your persistence in trying to make people go beyond the eyelashes of the butterfly…

    Hope you enjoyed the demo today. After you left, Tom pulled two 10-minute paintings straight from his mind/soul, spontaneous and fresh and energetic beyond belief. It was fun to watch!

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