Thursday, May 12, 2011


 After bypassing this color for so many years, I found that I'm head over heels in love with magenta this spring.  I always considered it to be too bright, too loud or too something for my own palette.  Somehow it crept up on me and wormed it's way into my artist soul.  And looking back, I've always admired this color in other artists' paintings.

 Maybe it's because the crab apple tree looked so luscious this year.  I stare at it through the front window and am amazed that it looks like a giant bouquet of flowers.  At sunset the flowers turn a lovely magenta color.

 The scattered petals at the bottom of the tree on the lawn look like faerie sprinkles.  So utterly charming.

As with any new love affair, it takes a while to work things out.  These small studies are just the beginning, as I certainly need to put in a lot more studio hours into the relationship.  And to be honest, I don't know if this will be a long term relationship or just a fling.  Only time will tell.  But for now, I'm totally enamoured  with magenta.


Jill Berry said...

Love how the Art Spirit in you finds beauty and amusement in simple new discoveries.

mysticalmythicalmetalwork said...

I love this Janelle and your commentary on whether or not it will be a long term relationship with magenta or just a fling. I'm rooting for long term!

~ Kathleen Krucoff

FireLight said...

Thank you for your kind words & for visiting TKR.
I don't know when my affair with dove blue began, but actually it has lasted a long time. It is a mercurial color, and goes by other names...for example the color is Giverny Green for my car....but I have clothes the same shade labeled sage.
(Your studio looks so tidy & inviting in the previous post! Good job!)

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Jill, Yes, it so true! We artists find beauty and amusement everywhere!

Hi Kathleen, Ha, I'm wondering about the long term thing. Magenta is being slowly introduced to my palette. I'm not really comfortable yet:)

Hi Firelight, Oh, I think I would love to see a picture of your car in Giverny Green. I bet it's fabulous!