“White…is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black…God paints in many colours; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.” — G. K. Chesterton
Perhaps someday I'll pass through this phase of liking really high-key paintings! Right now, I continue to push the paler shades of white, or is it the "Whiter Shade of Pale?"
As one will often hear at my workshops, "white isn't really white -- neighboring colors always influence what the viewer sees as white, so avoid using white straight from the tube!"
That being said, Gamblin has a wonderful discourse on the various properties of white paint - you might want to check this link: http://www.gamblincolors.com/newsletters/getting-the-white-right.html
Below are a few recent experiments in creating a pale yet strong balance, my ongoing challenge!
Softly Yours, 16 x 8
Intriguing Possibilities, 16 x 20
Quai d'Orsay, 16 x 12
Shimmery, 30 x 30
Morning Sun, 16 x 12
Annie in White, 22 x 15
Well, and it IS the Christmas season, so a white package is in order, non? So much appreciation and love for the supportive and positive friends I've made this year in the painting community!
Rock It! 6 x 6
p.s. below is a wall I saw yesterday at Huff Harrington Fine Art in Atlanta, combining a lively abstract and a couple of my "whites" over the fireplace...the "Huffingtons" can surely hang artwork in a cool way!!