In the Shade

The woman’s casual pose and flowy, off-the-shoulder top gives this painting a relaxed feel. I painted it in a limited palette of titanium white, yellow ochre, alizarin crimson, and black. Amazingly, the mixture of ochre and black create the allusion of green with the absence of blue on my palette. The green appears more green with the warm, red skin tones contrasting next to it. The only color I left fully saturated is the fleshy pinks in her feet, elbow, ear and hand.

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Oil on Canvas


10 x 20


Kristen Hess

Meet Kristen Hess

Inspired by beautiful colors and light, Kristen’s artwork reflects the discoveries she makes in studying God’s creation. As a follower of Jesus, Kristen takes joy in internalizing and recreating the world around her. When Kristen is not painting, she may be cooking, enjoying life with her husband, playing any kind of games or sports, and daydreaming about traveling the world.