May 5, 2016
Mixing Colors, Ceiling Fan
I spent yesterday mixing paint, just to get back into the feel and into the colors. I put out ultramarine blue, cadmium red medium, cadmium yellow medium, titanium white and chromatic black on the palette and got out my knife and went to work.
One object that held my attention a lot in this past year of injury, surgery, rehab, surgery, rehab, injury, surgery, rehab was the ceiling fan over my bed. I was on my back a lot, looking at that fan. White ceiling, white fan. The room has a ceiling that is pretty low, so the fan feels like it's looming, close, and I wanted to convey that feeling when I painted it. I had a photo and my feelings to go on. Having that mixed palette gave me something to work with. Since I was mixing with a palette knife, I used it to lay down most of the paint, and then added brush strokes as the fan took shape.