Ellen Brenneman definitely knows her way around a paint palette. As soon as I came across her Sea Queen painting, I knew it was the perfect piece of art to kick off 2015’s Color Inspiration series. From the subtle “art” and “life” rising against the sky to the delicate real lace and hand-cut hair comb, Ellen’s Goddess of the Sea is so vibrant you can almost feel the salt spray.
The Sea Queen is part of Ellen’s Mother Nature series, which ultimately inspired the intense color palette she chose. When I asked her to elaborate on she chose to bring these colors together, here’s what she had to say:
“The opposite of blue on the color wheel is orange. This color combination is very vivid and pleasing to the eye, but they can also elicit opposing emotions.”
“Various shades of blue evoke feelings of tranquility and relaxation, while crimson, red and orange depict energy and warmth. In this painting the sea is calm and serene, while Mother Nature is represented by fiery, bold colors – reminding us that she is, at times, a force to be reckoned with.”