Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Lilacs & Peaches~ Springtime Clarity

Lilacs in dooryards
Holding quiet conversations with an early moon;
Among your heart-shaped leaves
Orange orioles hop like music-box birds and sing. ~Amy Lowell

Orange, Green, Violet~ I love the vibrating energy of a secondary triad color scheme. The soft contrast is easy on the eye but still full of the interest contrast yields. Green and violet contain the qualities of both warm and cool and can be nudged in either direction.

Lilacs And Peaches is an arrangement of Nature’s offerings in triadic unity. Here, the colors are neutralized, slowing the vibration. The feeling of cool, springtime serenity is enhanced by allowing the warmth of color to rest in the violet tones, and subordinating the heat of the orange. Compare the feeling in Hues of Autumn, where the same color scheme allows the orange to dominate radiant warmth.

Because secondary colors are mixtures of primaries, these schemes seem to align with the expression of transitional seasons. Combined with value key and chromatic intensity, an infinite subtlety of expression is possible. Cool and cleansing, Lilacs And Peaches echoes the clarity that springtime ushers in.

Melody Phaneuf is a Boston Artist, composing and painting pictures at Fenway Studios. Phaneuf is well known for her evocative still life and landscape paintings and has achieved significant acclaim for portraiture. She has exhibited at Galerie Herouet in Paris, The National Arts Club in New York City, and with Art du Monde, a traveling exposition in Japan. Phaneuf’s paintings are regularly displayed at the Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury Street, Boston, MA.

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Lilacs And Peaches, oil painting by Melody Phaneuf, 20 x 16
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