Thursday, November 4, 2010
dominant color, temperature and value...what's yours?
When I took this one back from the field it didn't work at all. It was missing dominant color. The painting was also missing a dominant temperature, but it did have a dominant value.
The fact that the pastel was a total failure made it easier to attack ruthlessly. I changed the temperature to be more cool than warm. Lime green, lemon yellow, light blue. It's glazed almost completely with a lemon green. I chose lemon green because I don't like that color. The challenge was- I had to make it work. Perverse, eh? Of course a landscape is predominantly warm so I added punch of warm burnt sienna with an underbelly of violet. That is on the opposite side of the color wheel and an almost complement. I also without thinking about it chose the best landscape combination- a triad of secondaries- green, orange and violet.
Important ideas to remember:
A painting needs a dominant : value, color and temperature. Take one of your failures and have a little fun.