|The Nude in the 21st Century|
Primary Practice: Exploring Color
You may have heard the term "studio practice" or maybe not. For me it means showing up at my studio and going to work every day.
Over the past couple of years, this practice has been about exploring the possibilities of the limited palette. What this means is that I have reduced the number of colors I use to the three primaries: red, yellow and blue. These three can then be combined to make a secondary group of colors: orange, purple and green. These are also the complimentary colors to the primary group: orange to blue, purple to yellow and green to red. When these are combined, they create earthy greys.
I also have ivory black, raw umber and transparent red oxide on the palette to neutralize and reduce the chroma or color intensity when needed or to add depth to the darks, continuing to extend the variety of color possibilities. I also have cremnitz white on the palette. Adding white changes the value of the color or how light or dark the color is adding still more color possibilities.
This allows for endless variations of color and shows, in the end, that the limited palette really has no limits.