I love flowers and all the texture, color, and shapes they can present themselves in. I often say I’m always amazed at the beauty that can come from the tiniest of seeds. Flowers and nature are often inspirations for some of my more whimsical pieces and this series is just that.
The Whimsical Flower Series contains 9-5×5 canvas panels in all. I used acrylic and ink. I started by painting the entire panel black and once dried I used an Indigo Prismacolor pencil to go over the black. The blue against the black gives a depth I really like and helps to give the flowers more of a ‘color pop’. I free-handed the flowers and added color. Once dry I used ink from black and white posca pens for the details and to add a bit more whimsy.
Here are some fun facts about the colors I used:
Red pigment made from ochre was one of the first colors used in prehistoric art.
In Venice, Titian was the master of fine reds, particularly vermilion – he used many layers of pigment mixed with a semi-transparent glaze, which let the light pass through, to create a more luminous color.
Egyptian women used red ochre as a cosmetic to redden cheeks and lips.
Ancient Egyptian artists used an orange mineral pigment called realgar for tomb paintings. This soft, sectile mineral occurs in monoclinic crystals, which can form into large clusters of scarlet, semi-precious gemstones.
In England, orange became very popular with the Pre-Raphaelites, a group of English painters, poets, and critics, founded in 1848.
No other painter used orange so often and dramatically as Vincent van Gogh. He created his own oranges with mixtures of yellow, ochre, and red.
Purple refers to any of a variety of colors with hues between red and blue.
The first recorded use of the word purple dates to the late 900s AD.
During the Middle Ages, artists usually made purple by combining red and blue pigments – most often blue azurite or lapis-lazuli with red ochre, cinnabar, or minium.
The bright pink color of flamingos comes from beta carotene which is found in high numbers within the algae, larvae, and brine shrimp that flamingos eat in their wetland environment.
Pink is the color most often associated with charm, politeness, sensitivity, tenderness, sweetness, childhood, femininity, and romance.
Pink was first used as a color name in the late 17th century
Yellow is the most luminous of all the colors of the spectrum. It’s the color that captures our attention more than any other color.
Because it was widely available, the yellow ochre pigment was one of the first colors used in art – the Lascaux cave in France has a painting of a yellow horse 17,000 years old.
Vincent Van Gogh, an avid student of color theory, used combinations of yellow and purple in several of his paintings for maximum contrast and harmony.
Most blues contain a slight mixture of other colors – azure contains some green, while ultramarine contains some violet.
Blue is a very prominent color on earth. But when it comes to nature, blue is very rare. Less than 1 in 10 plants have blue flowers and far fewer animals are blue.
The earliest known blue dyes were made from plants – woad in Europe, indigo in Asia, and Africa, while blue pigments were made from minerals, usually either lapis lazuli or azurite.