Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Primary Colors
Oil on Linen
Image 16 x 20 - Framed 23 x 27

Shortly after the death of Luciano Pavarotti I was listening to his recording of "Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fĂȘte!" from Donizetti's La fille du rĂ©giment. As he effortlessly tossed off the aria's 9 high Cs I began to think what they might look like in a painting. Pure color obviously, but how to set off those colors? A naive artist, or one trying to shock the viewer, would throw as much pure color as possible at the canvas...COLOR,COLOR,COLOR,COLOR...but that screams at the viewer, the colors rob each other of their respective brilliance, and it is confusing and painful to the eye. A more experienced artist might set off the colors by placing them next to a grayer tone...gray, COLOR, gray, COLOR...better but rather monotonous, it is easier on the eye, you can see the colors, yet it lacks excitement. I hear the high Cs set off by something more like...gray, gray, gray, COLOR...each color is clear and distinct, it brings joy to the eye and quickens the heart. Now the pure colors can be effortlessly tossed off, perhaps as often as 9 times in a single painting. Primary Colors is the result of my colorful musing.....

The Painting of the Month is a special offer to my blog readers (click on the image for a larger view). This month Primary Colors, which retails for $3400, is being made available for $2600 (includes shipping, VT residents add 6% sales tax). To purchase this piece contact me at thomastorak@gmail.com. Payment is by check only please, no credit cards. If you prefer you may make 3 monthly payments. This offer is available for 30 days from the date of this post.

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