I recently began a new series of paintings with nothing but an idea about the backgrounds. I would try chocolate brown and medium gray on three different canvases with no other plan than that. Was it blah or was it interesting? Let’s take a look.

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Blank Canvas – Begin Midnight Fire series of abstract paintings by Artist SallyE

Blank Canvas – Begin Midnight Fire series of abstract paintings by Artist SallyE

©2017 Sally Erickson, Bend, Oregon. All Rights Reserved.

Midnight Fire series, canvas 1 brown and gray background, abstract painting by Artist SallyE

Midnight Fire series, canvas 1 brown and gray background, abstract painting by Artist SallyE

©2017 Sally Erickson, Bend, Oregon. All Rights Reserved.

Midnight Fires Series-Canvas 3 abstract painting begins with grey and brown background.

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Three Canvases Finishing the Background

Since I really like colorful paintings (see others here) the brown and gray background was just the backdrop I needed to add some color. But I decided I needed a little more form before I decided what colors and where to paint them. Here’s how it turned out…

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Midnight Fire Series: Brown & Gray Background with Silver Added

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Ready for Serious Color

Midnight Fire Series of Abstract Paintings - selection reds

Reds Color Chart

The color palette needs to expand with some flashy colors. My first thought was red, one of my favorites. I have orangey reds and bluish reds and even brownish reds.

The selected red was orangey red as I thought it would complement the brown. But I was not going to add some little line or square or dot. No. This needed a serious amount of red. How’s this?

 

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Canvas 1: Red Added

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Midnight Fire Series, Canvas 2: Red Added.

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Midnight Fire, Canvas 3: Red (and pink) Added

Canvas 1: Red Added
Canvas 2: Red Added

Similar or Contrast Colors Next?

I’m not sure if I was trying to soften the red or add to it, but I mixed a rosy paint with iridescent base and applied it for further reddish accents. It was lots of fun to experiment, trying different methods and tools and brushes on each canvas.

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Midnight Fire Series, Canvas 2: Add Pink.

 

(No Canvas 1 here. Missed taking that photo. Oops. You’ll notice that the number three canvas below is included in both the red step and here in the pink step because my urge to paint made me forget to take that photo, too.) Here’s the pink addition for Canvas 3.

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Canvas 3: Red (and pink) Added

 

It’s Colorful! What’s next?

I’m happy with the pink and red, but I want still more color. What will I add to the red? (See other red abstracts here with various combinations of these colors.) I considered yellow, turquoise, royal blue, black, and orange. I would have liked them all, but I chose a medium bright orange. Maybe I was in a summery mood, or was it Halloween? Im pretty happy with how the canvases came out.

What else is needed? I’m not certain, but I think this is it. I like all three, although number 3 gave me a bad time.

I set them up where I could observe them for a few days before I decided. Yes. They are finished. I shot their official photos on my regularly scheduled day, and they are ready to post for sale.

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The series is called Midnight Fire. I’m considering another three canvases to add to this series using one or two of the other colors I had thought about. Yes?

Let me know what you like, or don’t like about the paintings. I’d love to hear if you would like me to try some other colors added to the brown-gray-silver base on the next go-round.

Thanks for reading about my painting process. It’s always fun, sometimes frustrating, and very rewarding, especially with your comments.

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