Colors Of My Life


Lately I’ve been revisiting an old idea of one of my favorite teachers, Gretchen. Her approach to teaching “color” was to present us with a still life each week. The trick was: each still life included just one color. But, oh, how many shades every color has!

I spent many years doing colored pencil and pastel drawings of her still lifes, always picking simple compositions, then making the color as wildly complex as possible.

Oranges 1
Oranges 1

What I learned from Gretchen: you can use every color in the box for any color you care to draw.

I’m back to one-color still lifes again, this time in paint. I’ve been working on orange. Next: red.

Categorized as Art Tagged

By Joanne

Joanne Taeuffer is an expressive painter. She lives in the Berkeley Hills and Healdsburg, CA, with her husband and their black cats, Oscar Wild and Percy.

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