Monday, April 16, 2012

The Color Red

"Perhaps blue, red, and yellow strike the mind more forcibly from there not being any great union between them, as martial music, which is intended to rouse the nobler passions." - Sir Joshua Reynolds 

"Tropical Delight"
12" x 16" oil on gallery wrap canvas

I have to admit it, red is my favorite color.  Red represents beauty in many languages and cultures.  I read somewhere that the color red increases enthusiasm and gives a person energy.  Supposedly,  red can also increase blood pressure and heart beat.  Maybe all that is why when I use a lot of red in a painting, it just seems to flow and I have lots of enthusiasm for the work.   Or maybe,  I just love red....period !   ;-)   Below are some more of my "red phase" paintings.

"We Four"
6" x 12" oil on canvas

"Seeing Red"
6" x 8" oil on canvas on panel

"Tomato Sandwich Half"
8" x 8" oil on canvas

I told you red was my favorite color !   Did I mention I use to have a red station wagon?  But that is another story.     

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