Among my latest oil and oil pastel paintings that I have completed recently, you will see shades of pink. Why pink? I have an affinity for pink because I find that color to be soothing, emotive, fresh, and vibrant. It appeals to my own aesthetic sensibilities, and, furthermore, the color simply felt right for these paintings. I choose the colors for my art instinctively, without very much pre-thought. If it feels right to me, I find that it is generally right. That is the way I tend to work. I simply feel my way and perceive directly as I go along.

I love colors – most colors – and some, like pink, seem to appear quite often in my paintings. Pink pops into my imaginative writing, too, telling me to think pink!  – and I do.  I’ll give you some examples from my book and paintings: The World of Glimpse.

So, the first line of Chapter One opens with:

It was five to pink…

Spunktaneous flew high in the any-colored sky as it changed from red to pink. In Glimpse, depending on the time of day or night, the sky could be any-colored. It also could have any luster. According to the transmission of a particular Glimpsible mood, it could glow as brightly as a new thought, or be as dull as dripe.

Painting: Perceptual Illuminations 

Perceptual Illuminations is available as a museum quality print through Fine Art America. Click Here.

Imagine a completely pink sky! Now, wouldn’t that be beautiful! Can you imagine it being pink o’clock or you relating to time by colors instead of numbers? I like the idea of a color clock and therefore, with pink as well as with many colors, I can visualize one, albeit only in my imagination.  I invite pink onto my canvases or into the story or poem that I am writing.  I am partial to pink!

I am partial, also, to most if not all colors, in fact, each one has a different emotive affect on me. Pink, however, appears in my paintings quite frequently because of its ability to brighten, soften – and give mood-enhancing aha moments to me and to anyone who might connect with it in art or perceive its unique contribution to the visual beauty around us.

When I see pink in nature, I feel drawn to the foliage or the environment it happens to dapple with its hue. I notice it also, perhaps, because pink is not an abundant color in nature. While it draws attention to itself without demanding it, it also highlights the hues in the juxtaposing colors which surround it.

Think pink and you’ll begin to perceive that  the color makes relevant contributions as it stands quite unconcerned about the fact that it doesn’t even have a place in the spectrum but just in our minds. Yes, pink doesn’t exist in the rainbow unless you conjure up an imaginary rainbow with all shades of pink rays – blush, cherry blossom pink, coral pink, magenta, orchid pink, ultra pink, shocking pink, fluorescent pink. Now that would be a novel rainbow!

There are so many variations of pink for you to use in your creative work.  Just think about the hues of pink in flowers and spring blossoms and how emotive their appearance seems to be. Think about cherry blossoms, pink tulips, carnations, camellias, and fuchsias. Think about Dianthus, a fragrant, flowering plant with flowers that have five petals which are usually frilled with pink. The species of Dianthus, which are wide-spread in many countries of the world, include a variety of  different shades of pink such as Alpine pink, wild pink, Amur pink, sand pink, Deptford pink, Sweet William, Lesotho pink, mountain pink, Karoo pink, carnation, frilly carnation, pink, clove pink, China pink, North Cyprus pink, maiden pink, Cheddar pink – the list goes on.

What about those beautiful birds, the flamingos (even though they’re not naturally pink – their diet of brine and blue-green algae, contains a natural pink dye called canthaxanthin). There are humming birds such as Anna’s Humming Bird, that are pink. Pink Cockatoos have pink patches on their breasts, beneath their wings, and on their faces. Some parakeets and finches have pink in their plumage as do some warblers and doves and many more.

The French Impressionist artist Claude Monet not only chose pink for the walls of his house in Giverny, but also chose the color to use in his paintings as did many other Impressionists and Neo-Impressionists. Think about the pinks used in Degas’ dancers. But is pink too girlish?

No, not at all. Today, colors are fairly gender neutral.  It was only from about the 1940s that pink became associated with girls and blue with boys. But that wasn’t always the case: A June 1918 article in the LADIES’ HOME JOURNAL, stated: “The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.” Why did boys often wear pink ribbons in the nineteenth century England? Because men off to war, had red uniforms attire, and young boys were regarded as little men.

It wasn’t, however, until the eighteenth century that pink became very popular in fashion in many of the European courts when pastels, also known as tints because they were pale shades of colors, became trendy. Madame de Pompadour, who combined pink and blue in her attire, was a trend-setter. Among the many things she is known for, such as being the Mistress of King Louis XV of France, she was also a patron of the arts.

Pink on custom apparel

Apparel featuring my painting, A Lunaberry Moth, is available on my Etsy shop. Click Here.

And now pink, with its associations to the Barbie Brand, has reached a new peak with Barbie Season – Greta Gerwig’s movie, Barbie, with all its gorgeous, enchanting, set designs, largely includes a great variety of the shades of pink.

I like the feeling of peace that I imbibe from pastel pink and that’s why I frequently put dabs of that color in my paintings.  I like pastel shades of colors because they are soothing. Pink, mauve, baby blue, mint green, peach, periwinkle, lilac, and lavender, all have peaceful qualities to them.  In terms of pink, there are health references to the color such as being “in the pink of condition” or “the pink of health”, meaning in perfect condition or the pinnacle of excellence.

Well, whether the use of pink in paintings is the “pinnacle of excellence or not”, I like pink. Why? Because I think pink is particularly pretty.