Fauvist Barns 3 : Red in Landscape Painting

‘Sechoir à Tabac 2’ (Tobacco Drying Barn)
Oil on MDF panel
30 x 40cm (approx 12 x 16 inches).
©adam cope
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Red in landscape painting acts as a magnet

Red in a landscape acts as a magnet for my eye. The red oxide corrigated tin door catches my eye every time I drive past. Red barn & red oxide earth, blue sky, black shadows. I go for compositions that prioritise colour, though not I don’t systemmatically heighten every colour.
Heightened colour = where the colour is pushed back to the most saturated, most intense. Back to ‘pure’ colour straight from the tube, the ‘mother’ colour of the mixes.

Same barn as in ‘Sechoir à Tabac 1’. Same issues. Muted colour (‘anti-fauve barn’) or heightened ‘fauve’ colour:

…paint a rusty barn & keep it browny rust , rather than let it go over into heightened colour RED. –  Adam in the post  Fauvist Barns 1 : Muted Red & not Heightened Colour

..trying to keep a barn door rusty brownish red, rather than letting it slip into heighten, saturated colour RED. With a painter’s confession – there’s always apart of me that wishes to paint all bright & fauve. Or least prioritise colour in a composition.  – Adam in the post Fauvist barns, heightened colour…Vlaminck & Kandinsky

‘Sechoir à Tabac 1’
30 x 40 cm.
Oil on Panel.
© The Artist.
150 euros via PayPal

POST-SCRIPTUM : well…. why not? I  want red? I’ll give myself red. Here’s one of my painting that’s red, primary red & with no subtle deviations…

‘Three Cherry Trees’
30 x 40 cm
oil on board
© the artist

2017: POST SCRIPTUM … Here’s a green barn. A tobacco drying barn with planking painted green. Fun!


Fauvist Barns 1 : Muted Red & not Heightened RED
Fauvist Barns 2 : Fauvist Barns, Heightened Colour…Vlaminck & Kandinsky
Fauvist Barns 3 : Red in Landscape Painting

4 Comments on “Fauvist Barns 3 : Red in Landscape Painting

  1.  by  Casey Klahn

    Wolf Kahn once said that orange is a self-demanding color (or something like that: LOUD!) but we have permission to use it as it is actually found in nature.

    The modernists had their agenda, but I often think that color needs it’s say, and it sometimes says things in muted form.

  2.  by  Adam Cope

    Yes, low key muted can be lovely colour.

    Interesting that you should put colour in ature as sometimes vulgar & colour in art as sometimes muted.

  3.  by  Trevor Lingard

    Nice work Adam
    I love the vibrancy of your work.
    I am also very much into reds, but I am afraid I do not have the sma flayre.
    I look forward to see more of your work.

  4.  by  Adam Cope

    Thanks for the visit & encouragement Trevor.

    I don’t know about what you say, there’s some preety good watercolours on your blog 🙂 Maybe there’s some truth in what some people like Trevor Chamberlin says about wc being tone with colour on the top? Then in which case how can one have really vibrant colours in a wc?