Chasing Neutrals

Hello Dear Friends,

My friend Amy has been encouraging me to do some paintings using neutral colors. I’m usually drawn to jewel tones — the colors of flowers, the tropics, and a bright, sunny day. Working with neutrals is a challenge for me, but I decided to give it a try.

The color palette for these paintings was inspired by the pittosporum bushes outside my kitchen window. Some of the leaves are a pretty burnt sienna with yellows, greens and a dark purplish-brown.

Cassandra Tondro Pittosporum

When choosing the colors for these paintings, I went with Earth tones — neutral browns, dusty purple and olive green, paired with a little golden yellow and rusty orange for contrast. Here’s the first piece:

Cassandra Tondro, "Earth Mantra," Earth art

“Earth Mantra,” 36″ x 24″, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

The next two have an understated look for those of you who prefer subtle.

Cassandra Tondro, "Let Love Prevail," abstract art

“Let Love Prevail,” 24″ x 18″, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

Cassandra Tondro, "Whispered Wisdom," minimalist painting

“Whispered Wisdom,” diptych 18″ x 36″, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

All of these paintings are available and look magnificient adorning a contemporary space. Click on the images for more information and to purchase.

So what do you think — brights or neutrals? Which do you prefer? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please share them with us in the comments section below.

May all of your neutrals be bright!

With love and appreciation,



  1. I imagine the darker neutrals to have more masculine appeal. Whereas the lighter/brighter palette would have more feminine appeal. Just a feeling I have.

  2. Cassandra:

    I always love your work. With this new venture, I’d say add a bit more gold to it.
    But personally I prefer the brighter colors – they life my spirits and inspire me more than the darker ones do. To each his / her own.

    Keep up the beautiful work.


  3. I favor brights myself but neutrals work well in living spaces and offices. I enjoyed talking with you and Toby on Saturday night! Keep pouring and posting your insights!

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