Wednesday, December 3, 2014

White Out

“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:

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!!


  1. Bonjour,

    Lorsque le blanc se met en scène, il est prodigieux chez vous !... Vous êtes et vous respirez blanc jusqu'au bout de vos pinceaux !...
    J'aime beaucoup l'ensemble de vos oeuvres et plus particulièrement cette jeune femme au parapluie...

    Gros bisous ♡

    1. Merci, Martine...tu es si gentil, et je prefere le jeune femme aussi! Bonne nuit, mon amie! xox

  2. So great seeing your new works. So inspirational! I am still trying to stick to a more limited palette after your workshop. I do love my yellow ochre though. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas! Looking forward to seeing you in May!

    1. Carol, whatever you are doing is totally working!! Keep it up, are rocking it!