Saturday, February 26, 2011

peach blossom

A timely exercise to paint the color peach blossom. This color is commonly known as pink. Johan Wolfgang Von Goethe called this color purpur, which is not the same as purple.

Peachblossom is the color of the future. We are now in the process of developing the capacities to recognize the color more in our surroundings, in nature, the sky and even people. For instance, we blush if we experience certain emotions or the color disappears from our complexion with other emotions.

Peachblossom is a color that appears as a light that is overcoming darkness. It is a color that represents the unknown. Stepping into the unknown with the desire to overcome darkness takes great courage. I find we see this happening right now with the people in the Middle East and African countries that desire freedom for humanity in their countries.

The painting exercise can be quite simple, or you can choose the more elaborate way whichever way you choose to do it.
You use watercolor paint and paper and a 1" bristle brush.
The easiest way to do it is to mix carmine red and white in a little jar and bring it on to the paper, allowing the layers to overlap. Gently bring in the brush strokes horizontally from the top left to the right in one large stroke. Fill the entire paper going down with the same gentle brush strokes.

The more laborious but also more profound experience of peach blossom as the culmination of colors is as follows: start with covering the entire sheet with carmine red, then cover the red with aquamarine blue, followed by painting over this violet with black, then bring in white and finish with the tiniest bit of yellow.
You have moved through all the primary colors and the black into the white and yellow which represents the light.

Good luck, and let me know if it worked for you.