Description The hummingbird's colors are luminous blues, turquoise, and purples. He is hovering near a large pink and peach hibiscus with a few leaves. I used a choppy brush stroke to simulate the tiny tufted blue layers of the hummingbird's feathers. I delineated little tufted sections of feathers by highlighting the edges with white or lining them with purple. I painted the hibiscus with light rose and dark rose with a touch of yellow, and lavender mixed with rose for the body shadows because orange is the natural complement of blue, and yellow is the natural complement to lavender, which are the major colors of the hummingbird. As complements, side by side, each color makes the others color pop, and stand out more than they would if they were both in adjacent color families.
Velvet Tetrault, Waddell Member Since October 2013 Artist Statement I am an artist concentrating in realist paintings. I have a website at www.VisualGemsStudio.com (aka www.ArtByVelvetTetrault.com). My favorite style of painting is realism. I paint because I have a strong desire to express in paint the images that arise in my mind or that I see in a photograph. Sometimes a section of a photo or something I see gives me an idea that I want to combine and bring together with another image as a visual statement. Most recently, I have begun painting allegorical images. I paint a range of fine art subjects, including wildlife, landscape, still life, and figurative art. My paint mediums have ranged from acrylic, mixed media, and oil, to watercolor. I don’t have a favorite subject, but the subjects I favor are those where my feelings are the strongest about the images: their form, function, or what emotion they portray. That is, I don’t paint a house merely for the aesthetics of the house, but because it is a certain type of house: a spooky house or a comforting home. When I paint animals and birds, it is done for both the beauty of the animal and the sense of love and warmth I feel when I think of them. I express conflicting ideas and emotions through my allegorical painting.
When people look at my work, I would like them to experience the same feelings that I felt when I first imagined it, or to stop and think about the meaning behind the images. But most of all, I feel elated when someone looks at one of my paintings and finds something about it that really attracts them or moves them.