10.06.2009

#265 - Power Green Pear



6"x 6" oil on masonite Sold

Pears are always a joy to paint. I'm pretty sure the big guy made them just for painters.

I remember watching one of the million really boring painting videos out there and the teacher stiffly pontificating off her cue cards that thalo green/blue is only to be used used for very bright signs and man-made stuff. It should never be used for foliage and other organic stuff. It's just too saturated and hard to control. :|
Ugh! That still irritates me to this day. How dull do you think life is? The real word is bursting with color. We can't com close to reaching it, but we can try. The more you look at color the more you see it. Unfocus your eyes and soak in the color from a sunlight morning scene. It's very colorful even at high values. Without strong tinting strength I can't come close to getting something that is high in value(light) but also rich in chroma(colorful). When it comes to making green, Ultramarine sits in it's sober spot, while drunken uncle thalo is out there kicking ass and frothing at the mouth with that crazed look in his eye. It's insidious and spreads like an virus. Reckless and unstoppable. I have dreams where I can't get it off my hands like a scene from macbeth. It's a battle to keep thalo in check with Alizarin, but it's power is irresistible. Hell, If I could get an even more a more power color, I would.

"The power to destroy a planet is insignificant compared to the power of Thalo" -Darth Mahorney


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16 comments :

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Love this pear and your almost cubist approach to painting it...and I've heard thalo described as the "bad boy" of color...you kept the bad boy under control beautifully!

Victor Errington said...

Well done jeff, not only for the painting but also putting those
teachers who want to restrict
experimenting in good and lovely colour in their place. keep going Jeff. All the best.
Vic.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

"drunken uncle thalo" That's a good laugh for a Wednesday morning, thanks!!

Chris said...

three cheers for you-I, too, love the thalos...and your painting.

Robin Cheers said...

great post! great painting!

Nicole Smith said...

I love this painting!

Eugene said...

Hey,

Love your paintings. I've just started to get back into painting after abandoning it for a few years, it was just to frustrating and painful...I saw your post about the love/hate relationship with painting, I know how that feels. Anyway, thanks for the inspiration.

"Hell, If I could get an even more a more power color, I would."

Have you tried Cennini paint from http://store.studioproducts.com/Paints-p-1-c-257.html They make magnificent paint.

Eugene

Karen Appleton said...

bravo bravo, clap clap clap, on both the painting and your words. I get upset when I hear someone spout off that certain colors shouldn't be used too!

Karen Mathison Schmidt said...

Well said, Darth, well said!

Hey, we're artists ... we can do what we want, right?

PAT MEYER -- said...

Thanks for using these colors. I agree the world is in living color and we should express that. Power to the Color.

mw1126 said...

Man, you must go through a lot of fruit at your house...

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

So funny! The drunken Uncle. I love Thalo Blue and have always used it and always I hear people repeating the myth that 'You can't use thalo blue. It gets into everything.'
Well, you can't make bright greens without it as you point out. That pear is awesome. Like the brushwork, too.

Linda Schweitzer said...

Man, keep going! Those thalos just keep the synapses firing and set-off a great vibration against the ultramarine.

Jala Pfaff said...

"Drunken uncle Thalo"--hahahahah, that's great. Nice one!

Rick Nilson said...

I heard that somewhere about the Phthalo colors. I use them all. The rule about nature and phtalo is bogus in my opinion. Check out a bluecrab sometime, if those colors are not phthalo then they are darn close. Your brush strokes and colors are spectacular.

stek said...

Your pear inspires me. I too am trying to paint "loose" and it does take loads of practice. Use whatever colour makes your world light up, is what I say!