So, when I saw the colour selection for week two of Summer of Color which was two shades of pink and one shade of orange, I thought that my plan to submit a different chakra painting each week had been foiled as that colour combination doesn't crop up in any of my paintings (or in the chakras themselves for that matter!).
Determined to find a way round this without having to deviate from my original plan, I had another look at my sacral chakra (Svadhisthana) painting which, granted, at first glance might look like a painting in various shades of orange with no hint of any pink at all.
However, I had used a deep magenta mixed with orange to achieve the darker orange tones and so I figured if I photographed it against a background painted a different shade of pink then technically I could claim to have used two shades of pink and one shade of orange after all!
|Two pinks and an orange|
So, I painted a slightly larger canvas in a bright pink (which I later discovered is also called magenta but in a different brand and therefore looks completely different) and hey presto, that the colour combination achieved!(Although looking at it on my computer screen the background looks more purple than pink so you'll have to take my word for it!)
|'Svadhisthana' - close up of symbol for sacral chakra|
I'm very happy to report that so far I've been commissioned to do four sets of each of the seven chakra paintings by my fellow reiki masters in training - that'll keep me busy for a while! I may put them in my Etsy shop as well but I'll wait and see how I feel after painting each one four times first!
As for the canvas that I painted pink? Well, I like to use up spare paint on blank canvasses which I then turn into a landscape. Sometimes I already know what I'm going to paint and sometimes the random paint sparks an idea - this is how it currently looks and I already see a winter scene evolving here:
|A very early work in progress (or random paint slapped on with a palette knife!)|