“What’s your favorite color?” A common question. Mine is purple (and its soulmate, aubergine). Colors enhance our lives in countless ways, from home décor to nature’s gift of landscapes and brilliant sunsets.
In photography and art, color is a science. Color wheels illustrate it with words like complementary, primary, secondary, tertiary, warm, cool, monochromatic, analogous, triadic, and tetradic. Whew! I prefer to use color in ways that arouse emotions based on individual perception, not necessarily theories.
In the words of French painter Fernand Leger (On Monumentality and Color, 1943), “The craving for color is a natural necessity just as for water and fire. Color is a raw material indispensable to life. In every era of his existence and his history, the human being has associated color with his joys, his actions, and his pleasures.”
In my “Warm Dreams,” yellow has the starring role. After disassembling flowers into petals and pistils to create an original composition, then photographing it, I enabled its bold color palette to emerge. According to the “psychology” of color, yellow symbolizes hope, happiness, and positivity. Pops of green are associated with harmony, life, and renewal. Flares of orange uplift the image further, representing energy.
Sometimes the color palette choice is not as absolute as “Warm Dreams.” For example, “Birds and Petals” and “Paris Bird Market” each began with a photograph captured during a wonderful day at the Paris Bird Market. From a negative, I produced a cyanotype print (using chemicals and UV light), adding layers of living flowers. The Birds and Petals composition is inspired by Andy Warhol’s Flower Series, although not derivative. When revisiting this piece. I had a gnawing urge to “play with” the color palette some more, which became “Paris Bird Market,” an alternative version.
The same is true of “Birds in the Cherry Blossom Trees” and “Cherry Blossom Fantasy.” From my original photograph of Cherry Blossoms, the image was printed on transparency film as a primary overlay, adding beneath it watercolor-like birds and a graphic design. Once again, I could not settle on just the original color scheme. “Birds in the Cherry Blossom Trees” blends soft shades of orange and green, while Cherry Blossom Fantasy takes a bolder approach with deep purples, green, and red.
Individual perception determines what emotional connections arise from color and subject – different for everyone. Floral compositions have been a subject used in art photography for millennia. These abstract concepts seek to stretch that tradition with unexpected floral elements that also rely on other wonders of nature. Find your favorite color.
I am delighted that “Warm Dreams” has been selected for the curated exhibition, “Be Bold,” on display and on sale at the CFA Gallery in Glen Head, NY (70 Glen Head Road), on display and on sale from September 25 – November 4, 2022. The Artist Reception and Awards Presentation takes place on October 15 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. All are welcome.
Bring some color into your life, with these fine art prints (free shipping).
Warm Dreams – A one-of-a-kind bold yellow floral; expressive, conceptual, colorful
Birds and Petals – A vivid abstract composition
Paris Bird Market – A multicolor alternative to Birds and Petals
Cherry Blossom Fantasy – Layers in purple and bold hues, alternative to Birds in the Cherry Blossom Trees