Friday, October 9, 2009
Magic Hour at the Field
Dominant hue. Yes, I am harping on it again... not for your sake (no offense), more as a reminder for me. Let me explain why. The dominant hue tells you which colors to use, and what chroma and value they should be. For this one I did a full color underpainting at home. Before leaving for the field I washed the whole thing with my new favorite watercolor, Daniel Smith's Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet (mixed with Quidacridone Magenta.) I love this color! Out at the field I concentrated on my dominant hue and chroma and keeping my painting warm. But as I am sure you are aware, if I just painted warm without any counter balance it would be boring. I also decided to stretch to lower foreground shape to make the dominant value be the shadow-about a 5/6 on the value scale. It also made a path back to the glowing horizon.
I am really starting to enjoy doing the underpainting at home. I found it frees me up on site.