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Thursday, August 20, 2015

DIY Rothko

There is a long history of artists copying the old masters to learn and refine their painting skills.  However it did surprise me while scrolling through Pinterest for some cheap (dollar store) art storage ideas to find this post:  Make a DIY Mark Rothko Inspired Painting

I enjoyed the post and although my DIY Rothko painting was not going to use materials that cost under $1, it was a fun project.

First I took some time to search for Mark Rothko paintings eventually choosing one from 1960, "Untitled (Grays in yellow)".

For my Rothko inspired painting I covered the canvas in gold paint and then a layer of transparent hansa yellow light paint to give the  yellow color more depth.  Next came three variations of Matisse Skin Tone Deep mixed with white applied with a big round brush.

I am happy with this very different "start" to a painting and will continue to develop it.  

This work, once completed, will join several others next month at Goose Creek Studio as the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge will hang an art exhibit.  "Art Elements:  Color and Texture" will feature work focusing on these two elements with an explanation with each painting describing the process.  Opening Reception is Friday, September 11 from 4-8 PM.  Please join us.  

Thanks for stopping by my blog and hope to see you again soon.  


  1. Can't wait to see how it turns out, Judy! Great idea :)

  2. May try this idea again. The painting is finished although with abstracts you have to live with them for a while before you decide it really is finished!