Friday, January 8, 2010

"It won't let me rest otherwise."


I've had dreams about this exact color combination. None of these are necessarily my favorite colors but there's something about them grouped together that I just adore.

The white and black are exact opposites while the red-orange provides the heat and the gray, the coolness.

This post is less about the artwork and more about the process of least from my point of view.

When an idea such as this color combination comes into my head, I fixate on it and can't let it go until it's expressed in some form.

It's always lingering in the back of my mind, whispering to be put down on paper. An itch that needs to be scratched. Hunger pangs waiting to be satiated. It won't let me rest otherwise.

I'm not even sure what it'll be a painting of at this point. I just know it has to have those four colors and only those four. And I faintly recall white-on-white squares as well. Maybe an abstract painting will do the trick?



To be concluded.....


mikielawson said...

Hey Mr,
thanks for the comment on my blog, I thought it was then only fair that I come and read a bit of yours. The words are beautiful, you're obviously a true artist. I'll go and click that follow link right now.

If you're on twitter follow me @mikielawson.

mikie x x

April Jarocka said...

I wish I dreamed about art and what colours to use...usually I dream up a load of old rubbish...
Be interesting to see whatcha come up with your work ;)

Mike said...

Sounds like you're inspired. That 'itch in the back of my mind' always leads to something good in the end.

Agree that colour combination works - the fiery red-orange really leaps out.

Looking forwad to seeing something come of it - when it does eventually happen ... and it will.

Joey said...

I love this color combination. Can't wait to see what you produce. I am certain it will be awesome.

Have a great weekend.

Eduardo Guize said...

there can only be one Malevic, so work on something different LOL

Manon said...

Love the combo! Red-orange is one of my favorites... it's a very exciting color for me! Adding it to the more subdued colors will definitely make your work pop! Can't wait to see what you have in store!

Susan Roux said...

Good luck!

Renee said...

So interesting.


Peter said...

An orange on a checkered background, with only one odd thing... the orange is in grades of gray and black and the background in...

Writer said...

Are you familiar with Agnes Martin?

Anonymous said...

Sounds interesting! Let us see the finished results!

David K Small, artist said...

Halloween dreams ?

Anonymous said...

I understand you completely. It's like when an idea comes to me and I want to write about it, I have to, and I'll burst if I can't get it down on paper or type it up soon.

First comes the thought, then the brainstorming of embellishments and funny bits to insert. Then I obsess over it until I think it's perfect. And even then, I may go back days later and re-read what I've written and change it up a bit.

I don't think art in any form is ever truly finished. How can it be? If it inspires someone else and it influences another person's creativity, then that art continues on indefinitely.

David K Small, artist said...

A still life... pumpkin on a table covered with a white cloth (with lots of shadows).

Anonymous said...

I'm so intrigued by this thought because when I first looked at the post, it looked to be an acrylic mixture. But when I read it just now, it was obviously watercolor.

Have you looked into using different mediums to create different pictures?

I LOVE that combination too!

naturgesetz said...

I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

Apart from an abstract, about all you could do is some bit of architectural detail with only those colors. My German friends' home has almost everything black or white. But there is some stainless steel. So all you'd need would be to add some red-orange to a kitchen or bathroom like theirs, and there you'd have it.

melanie said...

Hi Dean' you were dreaming of those colours and I've caught such a thing on film...
Here's to you and your creativity xox

Dean Grey said...


Thank YOU for commenting on MY blog!



Then I guess all your wonderful ideas come to you while you're awake. You are a fabulous artist!



I'm definitely inspired....for right now anyways!



Let's hope you're right!



I wasn't copying him, I swear! LOL. I had to look Malevic(h) up because I was unfamiliar with his work.....until now!



I'm glad you can see where I'm coming from!






We'll see how interesting the finished piece is!



That's an interesting idea, though I wasn't planning on it being a still life at all......but who knows!



I'm not familiar with Agnes Martin but I did do a Google search after reading your comment and took a look at her art.

Minimalism isn't the look I'm going for with this painting. Maybe in terms of the limited color scheme but not much else.



I'll definitely show the final results to everyone here!



Yeah, it does sound kind of Halloween-ish, doesn't it? LOL

I appreciate the pumpkin idea, David!



You got it exactly, Corey!

Interesting idea about art continuing after it's created. I guess it definitely inspires new thinking and creativity as other people see it down the road.



Nope, it is indeed watercolor!

I've tried other media before (acrylic, colored-pencil, pastel) but I really love working with watercolors the best!



Ahhh, accent colors, right? That just might do the trick!



Great minds think alike! (^_^)


Thanks to ALL of you for the wonderful ideas and suggestions on this!!


Nordic Monsoon said...

The warm orange-red glow of the Chicago Theater sign on the deserted State St. in a misty dusk during the winter.

Too specific? :)

Roland Halbritter said...

Hi Dean
thanks for you comment on my blog about mail art - how did you came along this blog? Are you as well active in mail art?
I have a new call about Otto von Bismarck - you are welcome to participate.

Leslie Hawes said...

For the moment, I am very attracted to blue/purple with orange/gold.
Thanks for the comments on my artwork!

Ces Adorio said...

I came here via Manon's. You are so cute!

martha miller said...

Great colors!!! Fire and Fog! Have fun with them!

jason said...

ooooh...can't wait to see it. I love that red orange especially.

Dean Grey said...


Are you trying to tell me something? LOL

Wonderful pictures from you!



I heard about Mail Art from several sources. One of them was from Mailarta's blog. I might've gotten your blog address from there. Can't really remember.

I'm still new to the whole scene but check out my "Mail Art" label on my blog to see what I've done so far.



That sounds like a lovely color combination!



That's very sweet of you to say!



I'll try!



I hope I don't disappoint you with the final results!


Everyone's feedback is greatly appreciated!


Jo Potter said...

Hi Dean,
Go for it and do a painting quick!:)
I will look forward to seeing what you create with this colour combination. I'm a fan of orange as well.
Happy New Year to you too!
I hope it brings you plenty of creative ideas and inspiration...
Really good to see you again at my place. Thank you for your kind comments.;)
By the way, congrats on selling the beautiful apple painting!:)
I know that was a while ago now but it was stunning work. I was not surprised that it sold.
All best wishes for 2010.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

OH, I'm so excited Dean! It's like waiting for a baby to be born - what will it look like?????

RAD said...

great combo of colors...I just did my bedroom in Orange linens..wall are brown.... I am tempted to do a accent wall in my living room a blood orange....

Unknown said...

I love this colour palette, they just perfectly match!

Dean Grey said...


Happy New Year to you as well and thanks for the compliments!



You'll just have to wait and see! (~_^)



I love the idea of a blood orange accent wall!



I think so too!


Thanks to the four of you for sharing your thoughts on these colors!


Anonymous said...

Since last summer, I have had a strong need for orange, and its fellow friends yellow and red. Over time, my studio has sprouted sunflowers as well as a variety of warm blooded color items. Even my food often leans toward orange these days!

Alexander said...

I like it!!!!!

Kathleen Coy said...

Dean, I adore these colors too! Like you, I tend to get fixated on colors and color combinations, and until I paint something with those specific colors, nothing else will do!

I can't wait to see what you create with this group of colors!

J@v@JuNKo said...

these would be perfect for painting my walls in!! great combo!! Can't wait to see what becomes of them from your mind!!

Cash said...

Sometimes orange is intrusive. Sometimes it is the most beautifully rich color in the world. There is something sexy about this combination. Great blog man.

Unknown said...

I can hardly wait!!! It seems you are able to listen to and work with that inner artist nowadays.... hugs!

Dean Grey said...

Anna T.!

It's so great to hear from you again!! I'm happy to see you're still being productive during your time away from blogging!



I'm glad and thanks for visiting my blog!



Thank goodness! Hearing that makes me feel not as crazy! LOL



Thank you, as always, for your enthusiasm!



You think this color combination is sexy? Interesting thought!



That inner artist isn't always around but I do try to listen when he shows up!


I appreciate all of you letting me know what you think!!


Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Wow, I love those colors together, too.
I'll be back to see what comes of them. There's something about, just swatches of color laid out like that that is so appealing!

Carolina said...

Hi Dean,
I like that combination too... I wonder if you figured out already what was supposed to emerge from this 'color epiphany'...
Best regards,

Carol Nelson said...

Complimentary colors. The gray looks like Paynes gray which is really a shade of blue, the compliment of orange. Black and white - extremes on the value scale.
Maybe that's why the combo is so appealing.

Dean Grey said...


Yep. Just painting the swatches got me kind of excited about this color combination!



You'll just have to wait and see! (~_^)



Yes, that's it exactly!!


It's always nice to hear from you three ladies!


Kathleen Rietz said...

I've always loved that combo.

Doomed But Cheerful! said...

I can see these colours vividly when I look out at my herb garden an the late afternoon. And when it has been hot, there is a shimmer that is almost visceral, when you screw up your eyes and squint!

Dean Grey said...




Doomed But Cheerful!

I need to squint more! LOL


Thanks to both of you for your input!