Muted palette

beginning to add color to this work-in-progress, oil on gessobord, 30x40 in.

close up of figures

As I continue to work on this one, I’m finding a muted palette to be appropriate. Muted in the sense that the colors I’m choosing are more earthy rather than highly saturated with jewel tones. I’ve used a lot of earth colors: raw sienna, burnt sienna, burnt umber, yellow ochre and naples yellow. These earth colors combined with the rest of the palette (ultramarine, alizarin, cadmium red, cobalt, king’s blue and titanium white) create a look that suggests a color scheme from an earlier time period, almost a sepia quality. I think this color harmony works well with the subject and helps to keep it from becoming “what you might expect”.


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