Colored Beautifully, Colored Simply

Everyone that I know who can draw has, at some point, drawn a still life. Whether a lesson or an inspiration, even foods have snuck into their pencils just waiting to come out.

In fact, almost all still life pieces of art that I’ve seen are fruit. A strange common theme, but I guess one that’ll last long enough to provide room for shading, shaping, and colour contrast. Most commonly among the fruit comes oranges, one of the hardest shapes to draw, being round and spherical.

When looking for an artist to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Pope Julius the Second was met with a simple reply: Michelangelo Buonarroti drew a perfect circle, free-hand. Later in life, the great artist broadened his interests to music and poetry, but he was gladly lost in the wonder painting for some time.

Shadow of Melancholy
Similar was the wonder of Picasso, and his submersion into his afamed Blue Period, where, as you may have guessed, everything for three years was painted blue with only a few exceptions, and in each stroke came such saddness and yearning. Even the crooked, uncomfortable positioning of his famous “The Old Guitarist” painting spoke volumes in few colours. His abstractions were soon to follow.

What strikes me most out of all of these is beauty in simplicity. Where I typically like to get lost in the journey to the message, sometimes a simple message spawns itself a journey into the piece of art, rather than to it.

What’s one thing inspiring you today?

Do you feel like you use a certain colour quite often?

Do different shades of the same colour speak completely different feelings to you?

Do you feel you often create something simple, or complicated? Which do you do accidentally?

Share your thoughts, ideas, and creations here.

Author: ruecian