An Orange Phase

I recently watched an artist painting a landscape with shades of purple to give emphasis to a dramatic sky. He suggested that this was his purple phase!

It made me think about the tiger I had recently finished with its strong vibrant shades of orange and how I had enjoyed using these colours to build up the fur texture.

I have decided to go through an orange phase!

Anyone who knows me would not associate me with the colour orange!

They would associate me with blues, greys, and blacks which are cool colours.

Orange, on the other hand, is regarded as an energetic colour. It is associated with sunshine, heat, warmth, joy, enthusiasm and stimulation. Therefore I have decided to embrace the colour Orange, well… for a while at least.

Here are some of my current works in progress that use shades of Orange.

The Red Fox Work in progress

Portrait of a Red Fox
Portrait of a Red Fox

The Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly Work in progress

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly
Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

The Orangutan and her baby Work in progress

Family Portrait of an Orangutan and Baby
Family Portrait of an Orangutan and Baby

Please note the dark background for the above portrait was chosen and the work started before I had fully embraced this Orange phase. The inspiration behind the decision to draw the Orangutan and her baby came from the campaign to raise awareness of the devastating impact that growing  Palm oil has on the habitats of the beautiful animals.