Raspberry Beret

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     Raspberries. That summer fruit that bleeds an inky, maroon wine. It stains fingertips and clothes. Its smoky wisps form ghost-like brushstrokes on the paper. It leaves a trail that is transparent and layered softly in some strokes; in others, the hue is rich and nearly crimson and dominant. I've been obsessed with this shade for a minute now. Paired with a light pink, the two colors complement each other in a way that's soft and familiar. 

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Raspberry Beret,   mixed media on paper, 11" x 15"

Raspberry Beret,  mixed media on paper, 11" x 15"

     What I most admire about this piece appropriately named Raspberry Beret is the variation in brushstrokes juxtaposed with the continuity of the theme of lines. A signature feature of my abstracts is the use of lines, especially a four-line pattern that is incorporated in all of my abstract works. I stayed true to that motif and integrated my favorite color: pink, in various shades and hues.

     The brilliance of the jewel tones adds a liveliness to the painting that has moments of darkness and gloom. I used black watercolor paint and I let the water permeate throughout the paint. The end result: a hazy, ominous cloud of smog that humbles the entire work and adds a maturity that contrasts with the youthful color palette of evergreen, yellow ochre, bubblegum pink and raspberry.

     In keeping with the use of lines, I drew in some jagged and imperfect lines that frame the layer areas of pink. I added some raw texture to the painting by roughly sketching in scribbled lines in graphite. All in all, Raspberry Beret conveys the journey of life: the innocent moments, the heavier times, all connected by jagged lines. Unconventional colors share the same space and in the end, it all can be looked at as a complex and beautiful work of art.