My painting, The Yellow Dancer, is currently featured in the Primary Colors online exhibition on the website for the Light, Space & Time online gallery. When I came across this call for art, I thought it seemed like a great opportunity to create a piece using a different approach than usual, as my color palette rarely incorporates these three colors together. If you didn’t know already, the primary colors are red, yellow, and blue. Mixing these colors in different combinations is what makes the three secondary colors (orange, green, purple). I was unsure of where to begin with this theme, so I created the painting in layers of casein paint. I first applied a layer of red across the entire piece of wood. After drying, I applied an second layer of watered down blue paint in loose, rounded strokes. Next, I used yellow paint to frame the blue shape and create a sense of movement. At this point, the shape of a figure dancing came to me through the abstract shapes on the left side of the piece. It was unintentional, but I was delightfully surprised. I then used a black acrylic paint pen to define this ‘figure’ and create lines separating the remaining red, yellow, and blue shapes. This painting measures 5” x 5” and is painted on teak wood.
On July 10th, I found out that this piece was accepted into the online exhibition for the Light, Space & Time online gallery. Over 700 entries were received for this international call for art, and includes painting and other media, digital art and photography, and three-dimensional artwork. I am also happy to share that my painting was included in the ‘Special Merit Award’ category for painting. The exhibition runs through the remainder of July, 2019. My painting, along with other merit award artists, can be found here. Also, the newsletter for the exhibition with other categories and winning artists can be found here.