Monday, December 20, 2010

Painting with Compliments

Another great project to familiarize yourself with color mixing and the properties of certain colors is to create a painting with two compliments using a black and white photo as reference. In this case I painted from a B&W photo of a tea pot using Ultramarine Blue and Azo Orange. Ultramarine being on the warm side and Azo orange having some yellow in it, they created some nice warm tones. I tried to mix mostly grays and highlight with some pure color for contrast. Try it with three sets of compliments, blue/orange, purple/yellow, red/green, or any you'd like. It's fun and great watercolor practice.

5 comments:

  1. Beautiful!!! What a great idea for an assignment....I'll try it, after the holidays!

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  2. Thanks Carol! Color can be overwhelming. Limiting the palette can make painting easier, allowing for more focus on values and washes.

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  3. hmmm I'll try and remember this for the weekend. Lovely painting Kris.

    Merry Christmas.

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  4. Wonderful! Yes, I'll try it, too. Thanks.

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  5. Thank you, suep! If you try it, I'd love to see it! Post on your blog maybe? Wishing you a Happy Holiday too!
    And thank you, Sue V. See you tomorrow at the firehouse. If you try it before then, bring your painting.

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