Over the years, my painting style and palette have evolved and grown. Fortunately, my first painting teacher considered herself a fauvist, encouraging all of her students to paint in vivid colors with lots of paint. She also encouraged us to paint with abandon and lack of fear and with little intellectualizing about the subject. That wild fauvist attitude didn’t really stick with me, but it did give me an appreciation and a love for color.
My first paintings on my own were earth-toned landscapes and trees. I painted many trees. I frequently used earth colors like burnt sienna, ochre, and umber, paired with nature-appropriate greens.
Here is Summer Sunset, one of my earlier paintings.
Recently, I gave myself the task of putting all of those earth colors away and got out the magenta, orange and yellow for a new series. I didn’t want to use any blacks like Manét or Matisse. I wanted my paintings to sing with color. I now realize that I have gone almost full circle, back to my fauvist beginnings.
Here is one of the first in the series. I have painted six and I must say that I am enjoying magenta, especially when paired with orange.
Have you dramatically changed your palette or the colors that you find yourself attracted to?