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Saturday, December 28, 2013

"Purple Hayes"

I just finished a commissioned watercolor for some very kind folks who recently had to move away from our little town of Moscow, Idaho. The house is on Hayes Street, and once they had painted it this color several years ago, it became known as "Purple Hayes." They're fans of my work, and asked if I could do a piece for them - in their words, "to document, in a real and personal way, our time in this lovely home." This watercolor wasn't completed in a single sitting, and it wasn't done exclusively on-site, but it's the result of several visits to sketch and experiment with various points of view, and to figure out how to get that purple color, especially because I've effectively reduced my palette to just three colors. It helped to think in layers ... the first pass being more heavy on the alizarin crimson, then adding a light glaze of ultramarine blue. Commissioned drawings like this aren't a regular thing for me, but I could see doing them more often - particularly when it involves a meaningful place like this. Please feel free to let me know if you're interested.


Shari Blaukopf said...

It looks great Matthew. They must love it. I'm curious to know what the third colour in your triad is. I guess some sort of yellow. What size is this?

Matthew Brehm said...

Of course you know, Shari - it's the Azo Yellow you recommended in your BCN workshop! I've really taken to these three colors lately - so, thank you! And this piece is 12" x 16".

Shari Blaukopf said...

I had a feeling it was Azo yellow. So glad you like the combo. It's clearly working well for you!

Bajzek said... always.
Big fan from Brazil man!!! :)
I had a similiar comission a few months ago.

Conor Coady said...

I second that, fantastic light!

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