Last month, I suggested that perhaps I should try channeling American painter Frederic Edwin Church. Although thoughts of icebergs would be quite soothing during these sweltering summer days, I went entirely in the opposite direction by painting in some of the warmest pigments on my palette.
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The Cadmium Red Orange, Cadmium Red, and Quinacridone Rose hues that dominate this painting perfectly convey the heightened emotion of the occasion. A splash of Cadmium Orange on the cello notches up the temperature, while shadows of dark bluegreen cool and anchor the composition.
My heart swells when I gaze at this young girl who appears supremely composed in her moment of triumph. In another life, I would long to be in her little red shoes!