Thursday, 18 June 2015

Summer of Color Week 2: In the pink..

Sacral chakra+chakra symbol+Svadhisthana+Impasto+Orange+Nicola McLean


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!)


I'm linking with both SOC15 and Paint Party Friday so will be by to visit as many folk as I can over the weekend.

19 comments:

  1. Love your theme of chakra art Nic- and obviously so do others! Congrats on yet more commissions!

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  2. Beautiful. I too love your theme.

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  3. I love what you are doing with your theme! It's so cool and creative! You used this week's colors beautifully!

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  4. I really enjoy this series. You have obviously found your calling, and have the commissions as proof!

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  5. Congratulations on the commissions... They are going to be amazing...

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  6. fab art and well done on your commissions. happy PPF

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  7. I love the colours and all the wonderful paintings here!

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  8. great way of using these colours and so happy you got al those commissions. Things are really starting to happen for you, aren't they! I also love that background you got going. It looks like a stormy and windy sea to me ....

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  9. Congratulations on the commissions...so nice for you!! This would make a lovely gift for someone into reiki too!! Very inspirational!! I painted my living room Benjamin Moore magenta years ago and it was more on the purple side!! So it all depends doesn't it...Gotta love colour and I love your oranges and pinks!

    Hugs Giggles

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  10. Clever, clever, painting chakras for your summer of color. I think I had commented on the first one and that was one of the comments that went into the ether, never to be found. Congratulations on your commission too!

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  11. Clever, clever, painting chakras for your summer of color. I think I had commented on the first one and that was one of the comments that went into the ether, never to be found. Congratulations on your commission too!

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  12. Beautiful use of the colors, Nic!
    Congratulations on the commissions - they're going to love them!
    p.s. If anyone could make winter beautiful, I bet you can! (Although I am personally trying to forget about winter altogether! lol)

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  13. I think this is fab I love it!

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  14. I love the textures in these, and the colours, and how great that you got so many commissions for them already.

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