Life in Pink

The image that came up for me in Paris has stayed with me. “La Vie en Rose” (life in pink), which basically means seeing life through rose colored glasses and having no regrets.

So thinking it may be difficult for me to change from my usual preferred palette of red-orange and blue-green, I got out all of my reds, the unbleached titanium and the titanium white and just started putting different combinations of pink and red on the canvas. I used alizarin crimson, quinacridone red, pyro red and cadmium red light in all kinds of mixtures.

I can’t think of Edith Piaf who sang “La Vie en Rose” without thinking of all the pain in her life, so I had to put in some black. I like to use black in my paintings because I think it is dramatic. Like some painters, I could have mixed my own dark color, but I prefer all that I can do with black.

Ann Hart Marquis-Life in Pink

Life in Pink, acrylic, watercolor, and charcoal on canvas, 14 x 14 x 1.5, 2015. ©Ann Hart Marquis

In color psychology, pink is a sign of hope. It is a positive color inspiring warm and comforting feelings, a sense that everything will be okay.

According to color psychology, “a combination of red and white, pink contains the need for action of red, helping it to achieve the potential for success and insight offered by white. It is the passion and power of red softened with the purity, openness and completeness of white. The deeper the pink, the more passion and energy it exhibits.”

I enjoyed doing this painting and I have started on the second similar painting.

I would love your critique. Would you do anything different?

10 thoughts on “Life in Pink

  1. Dotty

    A change in color palette! Enjoyed your comments re black. Enjoyed seeing that your painting was one of mixed media. Enjoyed how your painting kept my eye moving all around the painting repeatedly.

    You’ll notice on my blog in a few days that I have also wandered into pink recently. My time in my studio today was, I think, influenced by having seen “Life in Pink.” I’m eager to see your second similar painting.

      1. Dotty

        Another bit of feedback: although I can’t articulate the particulars of why, to me your painting conveys a sure-footedness, authority—as a painting. Happy to try to be more specific if you want to ask questions!

      2. Dotty

        Another bit of feedback: although I don’t seem to have words to articulate the particulars of why, to me your painting conveys a sure-footedness and authority as a painting. Happy to try to be more specific if you want to nudge me with questions.

  2. Julie

    I love the idea, especially of pink tinged w/ black – it really captures how I think of Piaf!
    Specifically I like the effect you get w/ the *white* against pink in the vase!

  3. Karen Conley

    I love this painting, what inspired you and your narrative. You make the world a more interesting and beautiful place to dwell in…Karen


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