To Ellen

This blog is made to the honor of my grandmother Ellen Elisabeth Thomsen who was a modern woman .
She was born in Randers in Denmark 1895 and died in Copenhagen 1976.
She had long salmon red hair down to her hips. It was braided and put up with lots of hairpins to make it look short.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Orange-red towards green

Different amounts of green take the glow effect of orange down.
It kind of neutralize the importance of the strong warm color in the painting.
I go to the conclusion that green  actually is a stronger eye catcher than orange.
We have this complement color reaction in our eyes
and staring at a strong orange spot will make an after picture of grey or grey green,
when you then look upon a white surface.
When painting  we can use this knowledge and make our glow effect stronger by
using the complement color effects, when we chose our color harmony.
As you see.... in  some of the pictures shown here,artists use a small amount of yellow to
make eye catch points so they energize the perhaps too stiff or boring composition.

William Glackens
American 1870-1938
This picture was painted 1920

Collette W Davis

Andrey Remnev

Amadeo Modigliani

Gunnar Zilo

Gunnar Zilo is one of those artists in Scandinavia ,
 who haven't gotten enough attention in Art History.
 A wonderful colorist that I find more interesting than  Wilhelm Lundstøm in Denmark

Bertalan de Karlovszky

Seems to be the sketch for this painting 

Bertold  Karlovsky

Here he decided to cool down the color range
I find the sketch more interesting though

James Kerr Lawson

May Smith

Ivan Olinsky
Painted 1915

Hans Purrman
Blue and ocher  gives the image of olive green which then weigh up the red hairs dominance.
He even added some turquoise  and a  small eye in the sleeve to  move the view down.

Raimundo De Madrazo Y Garetta

Lillie Watts Langtry

Here there are so much green that the hair color  get a very small importance.

De Scevola

Some artist use an other artist's color harmony 
and make a new picture but with the exact same colors
Others get there by chance.
Hard to know which was the reason for this picture of Botero
who is known for using earlier portraits to inspire. 

Fernando Botero

Thomas Cooper Gotch

Lucian Vicktor  Guirand de Scavola

James Jacquez Jospeh Tissot
Portraits of Princesse De Broglie

And to show a  Russian -German woman,
who  makes something she calls Portrait Metamorphose
Where she takes commissions and switch the faces of an old portrait with
a photo of her clients and work on it in Photoshop I guess and
 then the whole thing is  printed on a canvas to look like a painting.
In this days everything is possible!
If you can't afford a real portrait  an alternative could be  this.
Nb Add some flowers if the decolletage is too low!

Inessa E. Imatchinski
For those who find this interesting.

Leon Wyczolkowsky
Polish artist 1852-1936
Irena Solska

Look what a difference in the orange hairs glow when the background is blue!
Wyczolkowsky deliberately  shows how dominant the hair can be 
when the colors bring each other to radiate the most.

Leon Wyczolkowsky

Irena Solska

Stanislaw Malczewski
Irene Solska 1901

article about Irene Solska

Jozef Mehoffer
Irena Solska

The  different artists seem to not agree on which nose she had?

Irena Solska 

Well its allowed to be inspired by a face and then twist it to become more interesting!

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Rossetti also makes teh hair glow with a green surrounding but here it seems illustrative .

Carl Max Rebel

Childe Hassam

Gerda Wegener

Julie Wolfthorn
She was murdered in Theresianstadt  concentrationcamp
A picture that seem very inspired by Gauguin.