Update on 50|50 Show: Weeks 1 & 2

Wow, the last 2 weeks have been a blur of painting! I am learning so much from having the challenge of finishing a painting every day.

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Each week I'm painting a different place from my various travels over the past couple of years. I'm using a limited color palette for all paintings of 5 colors (ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow medium, alizarin crimson, cadmium red light and burnt sienna) + white, but in different configurations for each place to emphasize a color or feeling I had about the place. 

Week 1 are from photos I took in NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana), where I wanted to emphasize the pinkish color that popped up in a lot of my photos from there. 

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Week 2 are from images I took in Italy (Florence and surrounding areas). To me, the Tuscan landscape has a yellow undertone, plus a lot of the buildings are painted yellow, so I wanted to emphasize that.

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I took burnt sienna out of the mix for week 2, and enjoyed trying to mix all the colors I wanted from only 4 colors. As many artists will tell you, sometimes creating more limitations can actually lead to more inspiration and ultimately better work!