Saturday, January 15, 2011

Reds and Purples

"Reds and Purples", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Panel
Still following the idea of working with mainly two pigments and white, this painting uses the purples for the lights and the reds for the shadows. I added in some other colors, but not much. It was interesting to do the actual exercise using four pairs of colors--I reversed the colors for light and shadow for each pair. It really made me think about having a warm/cool color scheme and sticking to it.

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  1. Gorgeous brushstrokes especially on the white...I am learning so much! Thank you:)

  2. Hi Kathryn,
    I've been enjoying this series and learning so much from it. Thank you!

  3. Thank you all for commenting! Doing these exercises has definitely helped me to think about light and shadow, cools and warms in different ways.

  4. I noticed you've talked about these exercises as using a warm and cool color in each 2-color palette. When I watched the video I don't think I heard her suggest that. Did I miss something on the DVD about working on warm/cool and dark/light in tandem or is this your extension of the exercise? Are you using black and white objects in your still life set ups as she suggests? Thanks, Jana