"It's so obvious you're afraid of color..." LOL

Says a gentleman, tongue in cheek, last week as I began laying in colors for both a cow and aspen painting. He continued, "If you could just get past that fear". LOL! I do think many artists are afraid of color. I'm not one of them, but I can see how it happens. There is so much involved with color in a work of art. It sets the mood, conveys emotion, reflects the artist's thoughts about his/her subject, etc... Perhaps if I were trying to convey realism, I too, would feel some fear. But for me, there's something very freeing in the use of bold, vibrant colors. The hardest part for me is often the first swipe of paint across the canvas. Once that moment has passed, it usually flows. But, there are times...and when it happens, gesso is my friend. At some point my style may evolve, it's actually inevitable and necessary. I may decide to try my hand at more realistic colors. But I'm not there now, and don't see it in my near future, and I'm good with that. I'm happy in my creatively colored world, and think Van Gogh would approve. He was never limited to using the colors that "reality" dictated. Very often, if you look closely and give yourself time to really see the sky, or animal, or whatever it is, you will in fact realize that raven you spy is not just black, but rather black and blue and purple, too. That heifer in your barn is not just rusty red. In the sun, she's burnt orange, with flecks and specks of golden yellows and deep reds also. All of the colors are actually all around us all the time. It's just a matter of which ones are absorbed and which are reflected that cause us to see a particular color. I just prefer to show a broader spectrum. 

Happiest of holidays to you and your family! May your world be filled with amazement and color-Until next time...