It’s an interesting coincidence that I titled the reference photo I used for this painting “Blue and Yellow” back in 2006. It was all about those two color complements, the warm sunny yellow forsythia and the cool deep blue of the Blue Willow pattern. I remember thinking at that time that the title was another of those coincidences I had with the colors symbolic to Ukraine, and always thought about my ancestors who came from that country. I liked recognizing it, even peripherally. Today, it’s beyond me and my ancestors. I chose this art for this month last year because of the forsythia beginning to bloom, but didn’t finish the painting. Now here we are.
And I’m posting this on March 16 because I was determined to get the painting done for this month, even if it was past March 1.
This time of the year is always about the first bursts of color, especially blooming things. I always have a stem or two or more of forsythia in my kitchen, and in those brief moments of sunshine the yellow is warm and brilliant before the classic Blue Willow dishes.
I took a bunch of photos of the forsythia in my kitchen on April 8, 2006, and this one in particular stayed with me. The late afternoon sun angles in at that time of the year, and it just highlighted the area with the forsythia branch, as if it was intentional, but the clear light also defined the detailed pattern on the Blue Willow dishes. I love both. And not only was the sun’s natural highlight inspiring, but the shadows were as well, in the deep areas where the pattern is muted, and the middle areas where there is reflected light within the shadow.
Such a simple image, and so much to see within it. I wanted to paint this photo from that day on, both for all the inspirations I found in it and my love for paintings of little domestic settings with all their everyday details. I’m glad I finally did.
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