Class Notes – Oils 3/30/2009

demo color study, 14x18", oil on canvas pad

demo color study, 14x18", oil on canvas pad

detail of small brass teapot, one of my favorite parts of this

detail of small brass teapot, one of my favorite parts of this

Concepts presented:

  • color harmony in this set up is based on complements (orange, purple, green), predominant magenta in orchids needs to be handled carefully so as not to become garish or overbearing
  • palette = burnt umber, cobalt, yellow ochre, cadmium yellow, alizarin, cadmium red, teeniest amount of magenta from the tube, I abandoned the idea of using it in favor of mixing the magenta out of alizarin and cadmium red which created a more natural looking (though less true to life) harmonious magenta
  • added in an extra orange, flower petals and cut stems on table to help make the lower half of the composition busier as well as to tie the wine bottle to the other elements, it needed a better connection
  • kept the flowers very abstract, as well as the glass bottles in order to make this less of a narrative painting about fruit/flowers and more of a contemporary study of color
  • working with a limited palette, using complements to neturalize colors and testing or experimenting with logical uses of color will help you develop a better understanding of color harmony and an intuitive sense of color selection
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One Response to Class Notes – Oils 3/30/2009

  1. Bigatti says:

    Looks great!
    Alex

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