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Molly Grey

Studio Art Major, Art Education Minor

The Exploration of Color in a Controlled Environment



My interest 
in color was elevated during my time in Florence, Italy where I had the opportunity to take painting class that explored color and light within Florentine landscapes.  Color has always been prominent in my life and in my workhave worked as a florist for close to five years and this is where my fascination with color was brought to life. I’ve always been interested in how flowers bring color into people's lives.  

I began exploring the interaction of color in nature at the start of my senior year and from there I knew this was what I wanted to pursue in my paintings. I created a controlled setting for lights, shadows and color by building a shadow box. Each time I began a new painting I would paint the interior of the box a color that would add contrast to the flowers I chose. I would only paint one or two flowers at a time in order to investigate the complementary and tertiary colors. By doing this, I was able to make a dynamic and effective painting while exploring the hues and values of the colors. A huge part of my process was pre-mixing the observed colors in my set up. By applying the paint with a palette knife, I was able to block out the colors against one another. These six paintings are the result of my investigation on how color can be juxtaposed together in a controlled setting.  

 

 Oil Paint

 

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