Sometimes we designers spend so much time on the computer, mixing colors and adding highlights in Adobe CS programs, we almost can’t see color outside of this spectrum. Or at least that is how I felt the other day. I pulled myself away from the screen and sat down at my husband’s easel, aka my drawing desk, and dumped my gauche out. I didn’t even have to think about what I was going to paint because at the farmers market the previous afternoon I had picked up a small, but plump peach with the leaves from the tree it was plucked off still attached.
I knew I had to have that peach, and I knew what a pretty picture it would make.
On that day was also the first batch of figs—a personal favorite of mine. What I probably like more than the fig itself is its color. The deep reddish purple, with olive green undertones.
As I was becoming more interested in the color of my subject than the rendering, I switched to an abstract mode of painting. Placing colors in a grid, laying side by side those I found most pleasing.
Oddly enough, or simply because these were the colors on my palette, this abstract painting represented both the peach and the fig.