Yes, its another piece out of the kiln--sorry. You know how I said I loved to paint sunsets? Well here we are. In order to boost the colors, I powder painted on Marzipan Opal rather than my usual 6mm Tekta clear. This tends to really boost the color vibrance and is great for southwestern colors. It also is not reactionary like many of its color kin such as French Vanilla. I tend to stay away from white since it tends to overstate the colors and can be a challenge to cover.
This piece is a reflection of our recent trip to Phoenix to visit my niece. I always feel like I have entered a new universe when I go down to the Sonoran Desert. The plant life, the desert critters and the climate are all so different from Colorado. I do love the juxtaposition between the two worlds.
I continue to delve deeper into vibrant and altered colors. The problem is I like it. I like it so much better than what nature presents itself. I guess that makes me a colorist. I never could focus on drawing and drawing alone. It always needed color and the more the better. I started painting sunsets on the water at Lake LBJ in oil when I was 14. Now if I can just free myself to see altered colored from within--I guess this a journey that all impressionists take as they develop their style. I just hope I can learn to let go and see through the colored lens.
Welcome to the blog! I am the artist and gallery owner, Diane Quarles. I will post day-to-day outcomes and events here so you can see what is going on in the studio this month.