I have a problem. When I paint, I can't seem to stay away from the same three colours. It's no secret, just look at all my paintings on either side of this post. The common theme is Cadmium Red, Brilliant Yellow Green, Ultramarine Blue. I try to change it up and use different colours, but as each of my paintings evolve these same three colours inevitably work their way back in. I don't do this consciously, it just happens.
So on Sunday when I went to the art store, I made a conscious decision to buy different colours. It was hard, nothing jumped out at me. Then, I saw it. A new shade of Phthalo Blue. I always buy Ultramarine Blue, but not today. Today I was going wild. This Phthalo Blue is darker. Less vibrant. Different, for me. That night I eagerly applied it to my new painting. After a few minutes of painting with it I couldn't help but notice it didn't appear too much different from my old favourite, Ultramarine. I picked up the tube of paint to make sure I had the right one, only to find...
Now, I don't know whose fault it was. Perhaps the person at the art store put it in the wrong place, or perhaps a patron put the tube back in the wrong spot, or perhaps the universe is trying to tell me not to change my colours. ...somehow I managed to buy another tube of Ultramarine and NOT Phthalo Blue.
I can't fight it anymore. What's the point?
I painted the past two night, but things are getting busy around here and I don't know if I'll have time over the next few days. But spring break is coming and perhaps I can sneak in a few days here and there to paint. I'd love to finish the painting I'm working on and maybe even get another one done. Wishful thinking??
Better get back to my regularly scheduled day. Hope you are having a great Tuesday.