20" x 20" oil on linen 2015
Purple together with red and green are an unusual color combination for me in recent years, though I did use that palette more often, along with orange, in the 1980s. These days I tend to favor the three primary colors - red, blue, and yellow - as well as green.
I've always felt that green is visually and psychologically a primary, but in traditional color theory green is considered a secondary color, along with purple and orange. The distinction is basically due to the fact that the primaries can't be mixed from two other colors, while the secondaries can be; for example, the primaries blue and yellow can be mixed to make green, but there are no two colors that can mixed to produce a blue or yellow, or red.
Harmonies of primary colors tend to be bright and aggressive, while harmonies of secondary colors tend to produce more mysterious and subdued effects ... perhaps a little analogous to the difference in music between harmonies of major notes and those of minor notes. Each has it's own power and beauty.
After an initial quick sketch, this composition was developed in four drawings, below.
3 1/8" x 4 3/4" ink on paper 2015
7" x 7 5/8" pencil on graph paper 2015
10" x 10" pencil on graph paper 2015
20" x 21" pencil on paper 2015
drawing #4, final drawing
20" x 20" pencil on paper with pastel tone on reverse 2015
I made three significant changes while painting: 1. removed the second large face in the background along the left side, 2. trimmed the right side of the central large face, and 3. raised the woman's arm so her hand is touching the cosmetic case on the counter.