There is no running away from blue, or from cobalt teal blue.
Nor… would I have it any other way.
Soothing, refreshing. Immersed.
Drawing the eye inwards.
Basically it is simply a circular form, created by using darker tones on the outer edges and going lighter inwards.
This blue sphere was cropped into a square format.
Its an oil painting, not acrylic.
A few have asked if it might be an acrylic.
I chose oils, as I wanted their buttery feel, their radiance, their give; their ease of getting my edges ‘just right.’
By limiting my palette colors it helped to keep the feeling calm, fresh, relaxed.
Choosing to use primarily the blues, with a pop of CTB. (cobalt teal blue)
White was used in abundance.
White is the most important color in oils or acrylics, in my opinion.
Unless its liberally, wildly, used – the painting’s tonal values will often be unsuccessful.
They’ll have plenty of mid tones and dark tones; but will lack the much needed Light tones.
I used a brush on the large canvas I had made myself.
I do not do this often. Its a big project. Time consuming for me as well.
I prefer to just go ahead and buy good artist’s quality, premade canvases.
For those curious, the size of the entire image was 3 foot by 4 foot.
Something I feel is quite important and mention to students is regarding quality design and thoughtful, planned out construction vs the size.
It is often far more of a challenge to create a truly well balanced, unified painting on a smaller, miniature scale than the larger formats.
So, its not necessarily the case – that if a painting is big, it has more worth. Or quality.
I mentioned last week in Enso Moon, that I would show the entire image … later.
This blue enso partners well with my blue sphere in oils, so I’ve included it today.
If, you haven’t read Intriguing Circle in Art – Enso this might be just the right time do it.