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Art of the Day: Sunday October 07, 2007

Orange Maples

- by Harlan

This week's theme: Opposites Attract: Blues & Oranges

This week's Art of the Day comes to us from guest curator Kris Jean

As grade school children, one of the first things we lean in Art Class, is about the use of opposite colors. We are told how jarring they can be, how it can effect our eyes, and how it's not a good idea overall to use them together because they are Opposites and work against one another.

Flash forward to artist awareness - we learn through either art schooling, or trial and error how wonderful these complentry colors actually are. How if done just right - they become the heart and soul of a beautful work of art.

Art: Orange Maples by Artist Harlan
Fall presents an unrivaled glory of color. Each leaf is a masterpiece. A cluster of such beauty is enough to take one's breath away. Orange must be Autumn's favorite color!

I was particularly drawn to this composition because the focal point almost falls off the canvas. I try always in my compositions to provide movement and stability and a thousand small delights. It is my hope that after someone has seen one of my paintings that they will never be able to take a walk in a woods without being changed by my work - that they will stop and notice so many of the things, beautiful things, that are so often overlooked.

I start my canvas with a watercolor pen sketch. Watercolor pens leave only pigment behind which does not interfer in any way with the permanence of an oil painting. I paint in very thin layers and it takes many, many days to gradually refine my image and increase the depth of my colors.


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