View Full Version : Has anyone ever felt a need for red?

03-06-2003, 08:12 AM
Can anyone else relate to this? I'm looking at my work of the past week and going through a slump, and feeling a need to use red. All the colors in my old palette seem dead and stale to me, and red isn't something I've ever used a lot of, or felt a need to use.

I don't recall this ever happening before. Does anyone have experience with a similar shift in palette? How did it affect your creativity and your work? How long did it last?

erik satie rollerblading

03-06-2003, 08:15 AM
moderators, is there a way to transfer this post to creativity corner. I posted it in computers in error.

Rose Queen
03-06-2003, 07:25 PM
It may be terminal, erik... I went from taupe and beige and such to red and purple a few years ago and haven't looked back since!

I think it's telling you something; go with it.

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03-06-2003, 10:29 PM
I often have phases with a lot of blues and greens.

J Harris
03-07-2003, 02:00 AM
I usually post in the glass art forum, but just had to jump in on this one. I rarely do anything with red, then the other day I picked it up and now I'm hooked. It just makes your eye wake-up and take notice. Here's a sample of what it brought out in me:
Jan Harris

03-07-2003, 09:15 AM
Jan I love it, the way the other colors add to but respect the red. Your work and words are an inspiration to me at a difficult creative time. Thank you.


Ron van den Boogaard
03-07-2003, 02:15 PM
I always go by what I feel. I consider it a communication that both comes from outside me as well as within in me. With palette (or medium) changes, sometime they last, sometimes it is just a temporary thing.
But even with the temporary changes, in time it always appears there is a long term effect. A change which only lasted for one painting, will come back and incorporate itself months later.

I mostly tend to live on white meat, fish or vegatarian, but sometimes I feel like having a bloody, near raw steak. I truly beleive that my body just wants that. Lots of years ago I had a checkup and it turned out that I had the lowest cholesterol level my doctor had ever seen.
When it feels right, it is good, you can completely trust it. Later, much later you'll understand what it does or why it happened. Don't be afraid of it.

"Jump, and the net will appear" from Julia Cameron's book
"Jump, and build your wings on the way down" Ray Bradbury

03-07-2003, 04:11 PM
Mmm, red. To quote a fashion designer, Donna Karan:
"Red, red, red. Red is the new black."

I ABSOLUTELY know what you mean, about that need for red. I'm addicted to all jeweltones (particularly against black) but I've considered red particularly delicious lately.

Like this puppy:
<img src="http://beware-of-art.com/gallery/mono/2003/0060/2003_0060_A_09.jpg">

-=- Jen "Bloodhound Gang" Gagne

03-07-2003, 05:28 PM
If it feels right, it's right. ESPECIALLY in art. Even if it's different, new for you, a first, hasn't ever been tried before. Try it out. See how it feels...

Why even question it?


03-07-2003, 05:41 PM
YES! :D Actually, I had a time over a year ago when I just pulled out my magenta (permanent rose) oil paint and just did three whole canvases in JUST that colour!!! It was so releasing! Heehee. And it also somehow mysteriously got me over a sort of fear of strong reds and pinks. Now I use them all the time. (pinks moreso than reds, as the rest of my palette is blues, purples and lavenders)


03-08-2003, 04:51 PM
Yes - I got out my watercolours the other day - Permanent Rose, Rose Madder, Aliz Crimson, Winsor Red, Cad Red, Vermillion and went for it. Did a painting of non-descript flowers and love it.

I wonder too what the hidden message is - maybe it's a way of getting us out there, bold and free and over-riding some of that withdrawing that I, at least, tend to do. I tell you, we've been blessed by the way we can listen to that "voice" and free ourselves by painting.


03-15-2003, 09:49 PM
Yep - I went a little berserk with some red yesterday:


I've always loved oranges and reds but often painted more in blues and greens. But I got a new printer recently with a huge color gamut, and it's given me the freedom to really stretch my color choices, and I fear I've gone a little nuts :D

Erik - I'm not sure why you're questioning this though. Are you afraid of making a mistake? I hope that if there's one thing we all learn from Wet Canvas it's that there are no artistic mistakes. It's a hard lesson for me, for sure, but I try and re-learn it every day if I have to.

Go for the gold, er, red - and if you feel okay to do so, please show us the results. I'm very curious, as always :D

04-15-2003, 10:06 AM
this is my yellow period. i can't paint something without adding it, and as focal point!
I thing because i'm going out , luckly, from a very bad period, and things going better fill me of joy for life, and sun, yellow sun!!!
or not?:confused:

ciao, rapolina.

04-22-2003, 03:28 AM
I have a real hankering to do a whole series on orange lately...I haven't started yet...but watch out when I do!!! :D :D
I just bought a tube!!!

04-28-2003, 06:34 PM
I work mostly in pastels and I was at the art supply store buying some Canson Mi-Teintes paper one day and something told me to buy a sheet of red. I have yet to use this sheet, but everytime I turn around i'm wondering what I can use it for. Maybe someday i'll get an idea that I can use it for. God I hope it's not abstract! lol

05-05-2003, 06:28 PM
Funny that you mention red. I usually work with neutrals, but this came out of my kiln the other day:


06-02-2003, 01:19 AM
I went through a craving for red a couple years ago and find myself that way again today. I have studied the psychological effects of colors in art, interior design and clothing and I gave it some weight but not really too much...but, after reading this and thinking about why I have this craving for red again...looking at the similarities of my life then and now there is a definite connection, for me anyway. Both instances I feel a need for change and boldness in my life and excitement, to make a statement or mark, not so much for anyone else but more for myself, to feel alive. Can anyone else relate to this? I'm curious.

06-12-2003, 08:34 PM
HHmmmmm.......I'm pretty crazy about red now, too. There are a lot of bright things in the clothing stores, too, red and otherwise.


06-14-2003, 10:41 PM
Strange, my goes through repeated phases.
In winter I use a lot of white.
Spring & summer I tend to chase green.
Usually when I'm around the water or big sky country I use more blue.;)

06-15-2003, 01:06 AM
Larry, I work mostly in pastels, some oils, and almost every time I go out to paint a landscape I reach for an intense red as the support for my painting. Try it! You'll be amazed how the little glitches of red showing thru the painting will enliven the landscape!

I just read something in a book about red! but at the moment I can't find the chapter...I'm reading thru three books on art at the same time so I could be looking in the wrong book, too! LOL

Anyway it said that if you have a driving desire to paint "red", paint it everywhere...on the ceiling, on your walls...wear it wrapped around you like a cloak...experience red...don't just paint it!

I really think that red was a metaphor? for whatever we have a driving desire to do in creating our art. The author was saying, don't be mediocre...sell yourself out to the idea, to the experience, and to the creative process.

Go for the RED!!

06-25-2003, 12:09 AM
Red Dancer #1

06-25-2003, 12:10 AM
Red Dancer #2

06-25-2003, 12:11 AM
Red Dancer #3

06-25-2003, 09:38 AM
Out of the three primary colors of light, red, green & blue, red is the rarest to occur in nature.
Perhaps it is this rarity that makes red so appealing to so many people in som many ways.

06-25-2003, 09:41 AM
Originally posted by erik_satie_rolls
Red Dancer #2

wow! this is fantastic!!!

ciao, rapolina.

06-25-2003, 10:35 PM
I love that everyone is talking about red so emotionally. It is such a wonderful color- I use it in almost every painting- sometimes the tiniest bit. I am addicted to it- sometimes I think I'm copping out because it so easily adds that little bit of excitement to a painting- but it really gets the juices going, doesn't it? A well-placed bit of red somewhere is perfect. Or an entire red painting. it really does seem like something you do when you are going through a phase - when you just NEED to use red.

06-28-2003, 04:31 AM
This is a very interesting thread and a good question, indeed.
I love red... each time, i find a red throuser (once every ten years) I buy it
My dinning room is red and I can tell you ladies when we have a dinner, seems to have a very beautifull complexion in that room... the dinner are perhaps more friendly ...
here is one of my favorite painting, the dog is in my dinning room
On the picture, you can hardly see the walls, but you have a lot of red, allready
Each time I paint this kind of composition, I try to have a red element, that will give strength to the painting. That is the last one I did... the red gilet is small but very present, is not it

In the same time, I am very impressed by the whites... white roses or white dogs, geese ... and the light (lite ?) colored reflects on it
I just painted my white labrador on a red checked armchair :D

I am a taurus, in french we say "bull" ... so it is normal that I love red