Red and Blue…work together in this portrait.

“If I don’t have red, I use blue.” – Pablo Picasso.

She's a little red with a touch of blue - mixed media portrait

“She’s a little red with a touch of blue” – 11 x 15″ mixed media on Canson 140 lb watercolour paper.

I was in a bit of a creative slump earlier this week.

In case you wonder what that’s like, it happens when nothing I paint turns out to my liking.

Hubby of course would disagree vehemently. Not in so many words of course, just with one of his looks that says, “what’s wrong with this one?” or “it’s just as good as any of the other ones you have done.” He is my number one fan and cheerleader.

So, back to the slump…No reason for it other than maybe I have been spending just a little too much time painting…is that even possible?

Several projects are lined up on the counter in my art room much like planes waiting on the runway to leave for far away destinations.

One project must be glazed, but until the charcoal is set, I can’t continue working on it, otherwise, the charcoal will smudge into the fresh coat of glaze. It sits drying on newspaper.

Many sheets of watercolour paper are prepped with a base coat or with collage so my art room is in just a teensy bit of a mess right now. And that folks, is an understatement!

Some time ago, I bought a brand of acrylic paint that I absolutely detest. Is that a good reason to use red?

This portrait was going to be a tonal study of all the shades of red with the purpose of using up some of that dreaded paint.

Then, I wondered what would happen if?

I had a tube of of bluish-green paint that I had bought for the winter night scene I posted previously this week.

What if I added some blue to the red? I tried to be more painterly and not blend too much. Altogether, I am happy with the results of this experiment.

I still have lots of that detestable brand of red acrylic paint.

Any suggestions?

red paint in coffee

Yes, that is red paint in the bottom of my coffee cup. Thankfully, I only had one sip left of very cold java. Lesson learned? Keep the brush water away from the coffee cup.

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