Primary Colors Calling! 

Some days the primary colors just keep calling. Use me! Use Me! Especially in the interesting times that are today.

So too, does the simple shapes in former paintings keep inspiring — It’s why I keep repeating myself.  


Chalk it up to old age — seasoned citizenship — but bright colors and simple designs  are . . . comforting. 

And clarifying . . .

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way—things I had no words for.”Georgia O’Keeffe

And doable . . . too much mixing even with acrylics can produce MUD. (Just like watercolors!)

So I put away Payne’s Gray for the day.

some primary colors

after Annie O’Brien Gonzales–a new memory of a fun painting

Avoiding  [the color] GREY

For there is so much all around us!

As  I really believe that the colour we use least in our metaphors is grey. In our political metaphors, we talk about the ‘greens’, we talk about the ‘brown shirts’, we talk about the ‘blacks’, the ‘reds’, we rarely talk about grey, except perhaps, when referring to old people.

Yet grey in my opinion is *the* politically realistic colour of this century. [the 20th-21st]

All really major problems that we have to face are grey problems, none of their solutions are black and white solutions, they are all grey.

We do not want to listen to grey questions. We do not want to hear grey answers.* Carl Djerassi

Maybe the past several gray days of a rainy respite amplified the primary colors’ call — Or, maybe all the hard news and heartaches that assault 24/7 inspired me to go back to bright and go simple.

I need BRIGHT: 

The imagination is a palette of bright colors. You can use it to touch up memories — or you can use it to paint dreams. Robert Brault 

primary colors

Inspiration . . . Grandma Moses was painting in her 80’s!

So, on a grey rainy Saturday I found my crimson, yellow and ultramarine, and sketched an imaginary composition inspired by Matisse.

 It helped some grandkids joined and painted pink flamingos!

And Simple Designs

An open window, a table and rug plus  a cat or two are simple inspirational shapes I’ve been able to adapt. 


I do repeat myself — words and paints

These days, simple is better. (The background music in my brain as June comes to an end is K.I.S.S.!)

This not a season of imitating  Jackson Pollack — Although I did buy some bigger canvases . . . Not sure I could afford that much paint though. Life can sure feel like one of his HUGE canvases!

No, I’ll stick with Matisse, and Linda Jacobus and Annie O’Brien Gonzales.

These artists help me understand dimensions and  proportions.

Primary Colors are still Calling 

I am just grateful I had time and space to answer . . .  Now,  with those  bigger canvases — Who knows what’s next. Which of course means I will need  more paint.  

 Maybe I need to go back to OWLS?  


very small canvases


Or another selfie? Matisse did several!


primary colors

Self- Portrait 1918


A Redo  of moi? Not ideal for a larger canvas.

My skin is kind of sort of brownish
Pinkish yellowish white.
My eyes are greyish blueish green,
But I’m told they look orange in the night.
My hair is reddish blondish brown,
But it’s silver when it’s wet.
And all the colors I am inside
Have not been invented yet.
~Shel Silverstein, “Colors

Anyway– thanks for reading; hope today is a good day for you dear reader.



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