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January 15, 2010 January 16, 2010

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Did you ever have a week when you feel like you have gotten nothing done and you don’t know why. I feel that way this morning. I have good intentions but … Oh well, I will keep putting one foot in front of the other!

Yesterday I found time to paint. I was energized  by the warmer weather and felt like tackling a challenge. Instead of working with the drawing of the oriental print I decided to use my “box” drawings to work on what I learned from the Quiller book on Color. My first attempt turned out DISMALLY! I decided to use a complementary color theme and I wanted to paint the large box realistically, which meant black. I chose alizarin crimson and viridian as my complements because I knew they make a nice blackish dark and you get some nice granulation. Oh my gosh but my painting looks gloomy!

Boxes using Complemenbtary Color Scheme

Here is what I think I learned: green and red are both mid-range values and they neutralize to gray. If I had chosen yellow and purple they would have been my lightest and darkest values (near center of interest) and would have been pure hues. I think this would have enriched the painting with more life and excitement. Additionally red and green are about evenly balanced so I did not have a clear dominant color – maybe gloomy gray.

Boxes using Winsor Triad

Boxes using Winsor Triad Color Scheme

When I finished this painting I was “grayed” out! I needed COLOR so I decided to try another painting using the Winsor Red, Blue and Yellow triad. I love to paint using these colors. They seem so pure and happy.  I also cropped the painting this time. I did not get a good range of values but I was happy with the exciting range of colors. I think I achieved the warm feeling I wanted. It has been very interesting to take a subject that is mundane and even boring and to try to make it interesting or exciting through my painting. The one area I did not think about much was composition. Maybe I will do more with that today. Or maybe not…


January 9, 2010 January 10, 2010

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Well, I worked last night and finished my “Quiller” exercise. I was asked to paint 6 small paintings using Winsor Violet, Manganese Blue and Cadmium Orange. I was asked to make one color dominant, one intermediate and one subordinate and to vary values and intensity. I was reasonably happy with the results with one exception. The violet and orange are SO aggressive that I had a fairly hard time making the blue dominant. I am not sure I succeeded at all in this respect. Any ideas?

Just a note: the house in the third painting reminds me of “Green Gables” on Prince Edward Island. I had exactly the same feeling this painting gives when I was there. This was strictly an accident!

Watercolor Exercise - Triad Color Structure