coloricombo 2023: The tenth (and final) #coloritree prompt

About the March Challenge

This is the tenth and final prompt for #coloritree, part of the ongoing #coloricombo 2023 challenge. Use the colour prompts along with optional dark and neutral light colours to create something in your own way, regardless of media or theme.

“The Tree of Paradise”, Ripolin on canvas, Séraphine Louis, 1930

It’s the last Thursday of the month and that means this is the final #coloritree colour prompt. To end this March Challenge, Esté has chosen a work by the French artist, Séraphine Louis.

In the Renaissance style, she was known as Séraphine de Senlis after the village where she worked, or simply as Séraphine

Séraphine (1864-1942) was a self-taught artist. Born in Arsy, her parents died when she was young and she worked as a shepherdess and as a domestic worker, first at the La Charité de la Providence convent then as a housekeeper for wealthy families in Senlis.

Her work was discovered by the German art collector and dealer Wilhelm Uhde. who was amazed by her untrained talent and became her patron, encouraging her to produce a body of work now celebrated as a key example of naïve art.

Séraphine was inspired by her religious faith, by stained-glass church windows and other religious art. She painted floral motifs on household items, canvases and boards and her painting are notable for their use of unconventional materials like glue and household enamel paint and often for their scale (the painting featured below is almost 2m tall). She created her own colours and pigments and her painted surfaces have a matte, waxy appearance.

In 1929 Uhde organized an exhibition, Painters of the Sacred Heart, that included Seraphine’s art and launched her brief career. In 1932 she was committed for chronic psychosis and remained hospitalised until her death.

Her worked continued to be exhibited, including at The Popular Masters of Reality which showed in Paris, Zurich, and New York at the Museum of Modern Art.

Colour Combination

The colours for this weeks prompt are Racing Green, Neon Blue, Deep Orange and Bright Yellow.

For this March Challenge, please add the tag #coloritree along with the usual #coloricombo and @estemacleod and when posting on Instagram. You are also welcome to post on the private Facebook group Creative Prompts with Esté MacLeod.

You have all made GORGEOUS WORK THIS MONTH!!


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