30 Day Painting Challenge: Day 6

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30 Day Painting Challenge: Day 6

We got a seri­ous cold snap here in New Hamp­shire. I’m talk­ing minus 11 degrees at night, ris­ing to a high of 4 degrees in the day. My car wind­shield cracked, that’s how cold it was. (Thank you, Safe­lite, for repair­ing it so quick­ly.)

So, I got a crav­ing for col­or. It hap­pens to me in win­ter. The cold­er it gets, the stronger my crav­ing for bold, sat­u­rat­ed, rich col­ors. Col­ors that make me feel warm inside. Col­ors that “send” me (and they do). This par­tic­u­lar day, I craved rich reds. Not any kind of red, though. Not pop­py orange red, not maroon kind of mums red, not hold-your-breath-I’m-on-fire tulips red. Nope. Only a cer­tain shade of red, a pure, not-too-orange-and-not-too-blue true red would do. The kind of red that you see in anemones.

But it wasn’t just the red. I need­ed a par­tic­u­lar shade of turquoise, and a par­tic­u­lar deep, pur­ple-blue to go with/against the anemone red to bring the best out of all three. That com­bi­na­tion was all I could think about. I could not wait to get to the stu­dio to paint.

Now you know anoth­er thing about me: I crave col­or. And when I see the col­or I’m look­ing for, I react phys­i­cal­ly. My heart beats faster and I actu­al­ly sali­vate. Yes, that’s how deep it goes.

I present to you “Three Anemones” for Day 6 of the 30-Day Chal­lenge.

What col­ors make you feel bet­ter? I’d love to hear. You’d get a sym­pa­thet­ic ear, because believe me, I under­stand.

By |2015-01-09T19:57:17+00:00January 9th, 2015|30 Paintings in 30 Days, Floral, Paintings, Still Life|4 Comments

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  2. Connie January 10, 2015 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Dawn, I empathize with your cold temps. The vibrant col­ors of your beau­ti­ful flow­ers help I’m sure! Love­ly paint­ing.

    • Dawn Boyer January 10, 2015 at 1:06 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Con­nie. Are you in a cold part of the world as well? I do also love cer­tain col­ors of win­ter, but we’ve had so much gray fol­lowed by extreme cold and bar­ren­ness that I def­i­nite­ly need­ed sat­u­rat­ed col­ors and warmth for some bal­ance!

  3. […] men­tioned in my Day 6 post that I craved a par­tic­u­lar com­bi­na­tion of col­ors when win­ter tem­per­a­tures dropped below zero where […]

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