I love, love, love, love, LOVE colour, particularly intense colour. For this acrylic painting on canvas, I was playing with juxtaposing intense complementary colours to create the feeling and movement of the dancing couples  See Gallery for full picture . The subject matter reflected a personal experience of attending dance classes in my mid 20s, mainly latin dancing, and the clumsy men who were there....I would have been better dancing on my own, as represented by the figure in the background 😉 ha-ha!!
 
The Dancers, Acrylics on canvas 76cm x 60cm, Ingrid Lee.2006

The Dancers, Acrylics on canvas 76cm x 60cm, Ingrid Lee.2006

 

Anyway, back to colour....I was experimenting to see how the underlayers would affect the final intensity of the chartreuese and oranges.  The painting was undercoated in a pale lilac (seen on the side of the canvas). 

 

 I chose this lilac colour because it complements the oranges, and greys down the chartreuse, while still leaving it to stand out, where that luminous green is more built up.

I also wanted to place complementary colours boldly with brushstrokes to create energy.

 

The Dancers, Acrylics on canvas 76cm x 60cm, Ingrid Lee.2006
The Dancers, Acrylics on canvas 76cm x 60cm, Ingrid Lee.2006

 

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