By Jaquita Phillips Ball
RED CAT ART & ART MARKETING
Being an artist, expressing myself in COLOR, is what keeps me sane. Not always sane as the world wishes to see me, but sane nonetheless.
I can express crazy feelings in the paint and pastels in a way that the world may not understand, but for me it is very cathartic. Like when I am angry, I use a tremendous amount of red and dark grays. Happiness and a feeling of “no cares today” will bring about a lot of yellows, whites, oranges, lime green, maybe a dash of pink.
Blues, for me, signify that I am in a state of restless calm, but I could also be nearing a precipice of volatile emotion or unnerving uneasiness. Blue also happens to be one of my favorite colors. I am a restless wanderer.
Green, well I really do not care much for the color green except in nature, so it is not a color I relish. In fact, I tend to mix my greens with purples and oranges … who knows why … I am sure some psychologist or psychiatrist would tell me I harbor some deep-seated emotion about a past event that included the color green.
I just know that my art is how I express life.
White or silver … I consider both to be colors. Today it is April and it is snowing. The air smells clean and white, with a touch of crisp blue. What, you ask, you can smell color? You do if you open yourself to it. Takes a clear mind, but it is there.
Purple means a carefree day, life is good. On top of the world, purple is a regal color. Remember the song lyrics “purple mountains majesty”?
This brings me to my style of art. It is simply C O L O R. Many have asked me if I am an impressionist (maybe), a realist (I was in college), illustrative (part of my work history), minimalist (nope, I cannot stay simple), abstract (never really tried yet), mixed media (depends on who is defining my work). I think I will just start saying I am a colorist. I love color and I love to express it.
COLOR. It keeps me sane. Today I feel purple, orange and white. Go figure …
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