Thursday, March 8, 2012

Pantone Spring Color Trends Inspire New Dragonfly Paintings

Juicy colors of Bellflower Purple, Cabaret Pink and Tangerine Tango

by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

A Lilac bedroom is the soft backdrop for Dragonfly Art
A friend just told me that out of all my paintings she loves my dragonflies the best. I had also recently sold out of all my original dragonfly paintings so I figured it was time to create some more. The dragonfly image is pretty much the same on all of them. I chose a soaring dragonfly with golden gossamer wings. After carefully rendering the image of the dragonfly on canvas, I add swirls and dips using my masque pen. Then I apply washes of gorgeous transparent watercolor paint. you can see a Watercolor Demonstration video on youtube about how I create these paintings.

Color Story

For this series I decided to paint a trio using spring 2012 colors. For the three I chose provocative, juicy tangerine tango, ornamental purple bellflower, and a feminine pink cabaret. I love painting dragonflies because of the spiritual symbolism that dragonflies represent to me. I like to think of dragonflies as symbolizing the soul after death,
not in a depressing way, but in a happy uplifting spiritual soulful way. That these insects, like humans, go through metamorphisis in life and death is just one more part of that life cycle.

What is your most favorite spring color??

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