The color green represents harmony, balance, and growth. It is a positive and spiritual color. What I mean by that is, it is an emotionally positive color. It gives us the ability to love and nurture ourselves and others unconditionally. From a psychological perspective, the color is a natural balancer between the heart and nature. It promotes peace, serenity, and love.
I chose to paint this color last for a few different reasons. The first reason is that it has always been one of my favorite colors since I was a little girl. I have always been drawn to it. Also because with all the recent news surrounding COVID-19, it gives me hope and strength to make art that enlightens others around me and as well as myself. It is a natural way for me to relieve anxiety, stress, and anger.
During the process of this painting, I did a few experimental techniques to improve the saturation of color and to improve the composition of the paintings. My professor and peers gave me a few suggestions that I did try. One was taping down the painting to my desk so that the cold-press watercolor paper that I was using wouldn’t curl up on and change the natural movement of my painting. Another technique that I tried was to coat the paper with water before painting on it. When I did this the gouache paint seemed to spread differently than it did previously. The paint spread like a web that a spider made, which I loved.
Overall, the process of this painting went smoothly besides the curling mishaps which was solved. I think that this painting was one of my favorites that I made all semester. This is due to the cool tones of green and emerald that I chose to use in the painting. Also, I really enjoyed the brush techniques that I experimented with as well. The painting is 11 in x 14 in. It was painted on cold-pressed watercolor paper and I used gouache as the medium.