The Optimism of Color

This 36×36″ oil painting is part of my “Dance of Life” series. You can see more of my paintings at www.lindajoyceart.com

About the Optimism of Color Blog

For 365 days, I am posting a photo or piece of art that I have created that reflects what I call the Optimism of Color. Through vibrant colors and bold visceral forms, these works shout out my joy at being alive, and my good fortune at being able to continue to make art after a near death experience.

Each of the images I post brings a smile to my face. I hope they bring you similar joy and laughter through the Optimism of Color.

All photos © Linda Joyce Ott, 2012
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More small paintings on paper


Here are two more of the small-paintings-on-paper-that-don’t-matter, that exploded from my brush in the creative outburst of last weekend:

By this time I was pretty much just scribbling with the brush, but the colors make it work.  Saved by Liquitex!!  Phthalo green, phthalo blue, cadmium yellow light, and pyrrole red dripped on just to get all the primaries in there.  I was definitely just composing with color by this point!  😀

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Some regrettable color choices here, but more exploration of “the theme of shape” lol.  The flying, floating, and swirling things kind of conflict with the ones that want to be more solid and fixed…  That seems to create a tension, though it was unintended…  Then again, I did not intend anything with these, which was kind of the point.

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Oh, and happy corporate-construct manufactured holiday!

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February 13, 2012

Tricia Booker Photography

It’s been four years since I designed the Hidden Hollow Farm website, which is almost equivalent to a generation in Internet time! So, I’m on a quest this month to begin the renewal process. I’m going to basically start from scratch and update and modernize it, with a new look and fresh content. So, with this project in mind, Peppermint and I went out on a stroll around the property to scope out some places to shoot with the DSLR once spring arrives in Virginia.

With the iPhone and the app Snapseed in my pocket, I snapped some images as we walked. I’ve never been enamored with the dull browns and grays of winter in Virginia, but the fun filters in Snapseed kept me entertained. Peppermint, of course, was even more brown and dingy from the mud and dirt when we returned to the barn, so all in all I’d…

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