This header is a pastel painting I did in 2009 is of a place in the Netherlands, my country of origin, after a photo shot by Dick Witte.

Some of the painters who have influenced me:
Mondriaan, Hopper
O"Keefe, Weyeth
Singer Sargent
van Gogh, Rembrandt
Picasso, Escher

Since this is my second blog page, it generally takes me longer (sometimes very long) to reply to your comments, but I do read and love them!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

WHITE IS THE SUM OF ALL COLORS (no first of April joke!)

 Since in 2006 I was on a stint on painting flowers which  started a few weeks before Easter, it occurred to me that I had never painted flowers for Easter, while I often did buy them for that holiday. That year a lot of them were blooming by the back entrance of our office, and was very taken by their beauty.
Of all the flowers that I painted, the white ones seem to be the 

-most challenging, because the heart of the flower is darker, 
not lighter than the petals
- another challenge is the background
- since white is the sum of all colors,  reflections of colors 
of surroundings are seen in the white
- careful that  flower does not look like a "cut-out"
- white is a symbol of resurrection 
- a hope so pure, nothing can surpass it

© Calle Lillies, 24 x 30 Oil, St Germain

If you click on "Mysteries" in the right side bar, it takes you to my main blog, where you read the poem for these flowers and see a few other white flowers. 

Am away for Easter weekend, so I scheduled this post, and am looking forward to your comments when I get back. Have a great Easter all of you, my friends!