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Painting of the Week | 06 Swept Away

February 21, 2014  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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Despite the dusty conditions surrounding me, I managed to lock myself in a room (keep Greta busy) and painted until I was swept away to another place. I almost took a break this week, because things are so crazy right now, but I am glad I pushed forward and went through with this painting–and a little color exercise.

Painting of the Week | 06 Swept Away

I usually enjoy working with a basic palette of a handful of colors–sometimes only the primary ones–but this week, I made a conscious decision to only use three tubes of paint I don’t normally reach for (cerulean blue, permanent green deep and mudstone–a neutral tan) along with a white and black to tint. Using just three colors really helped me keep the painting tight, while allowing me to have fun mixing and discovering new hues–a pretty olive, mint, warm navy, slate blue, so many more (just look!)  that make me want to use these barely-used-tubes again and again. And because all of the colors were created using the same tubes of paint, they all coordinate naturally. And that’s my idea of a good time. #artnerd

For more details, photos or to purchase this week’s painting–click here.

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As a reminder, I will be producing one painting a week and presenting that painting here on Fridays. It will also be available for purchase in my Etsy shop. If you miss snagging the original, high quality giclee prints are available in a variety of sizes.

What do you think?

  1. Thank you for the thought provoking information

  2. Erin says:

    Once I have more space I need to start doing this!

  3. Allison says:

    Awesome – I’m sure that’s what the problem is….if not though I’ll let you know, thanks!

  4. Allison says:

    i’ve been having problems lately getting your blog to show up in my newsreader….nothing new has shown up for at least a few weeks. Anyone else having an issue?

  5. Julie says:

    Love all your paintings, but what strikes me most in this photo is that I’m pretty sure I have the same art history book as you do on the bottom shelf!

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