Monday, February 24, 2014

Ribbons in the Sky White Tulips - Flower Paintings of the Dallas Arboretum by Nancy Medina

Ribbons in the Sky White Tulips
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Ribbons in the Sky White Tulips is the newest daily painting in Flower Mound Studio, based on the tulips of the Dallas Arboretum. I love painting white flowers. There are so many colors in white, purples, greens, yellows, blues. In color theory class at university, our final exam was a still life of all white objects. The professor brought in about 100 items and placed them on a huge table in the center of the room. He felt that if one could master white, this showed the student had mastered value. I remember week after week of value paintings and monochromatic studies. I still believe that the best education you can get in art (in addition to Art History) is through Color Theory 101. You can pick up a used Color Theory college textbook on Amazon or at Half Price Books and take advantage of the lessons. The exercises may seem tedious, but the reward is a stronger foundation in the understanding of color.

Tulips on the easel in Flower Mound Studio

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