Painting Supplement # 7

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This floral still-life is flooded with light so we will be using a high-key palette. High key limits us to tints and tones, no shades.

Choose a harmony. I see yellow-orange dominates and so I opt for a split complement with yellow-orange, blue and violet.

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We’ll use the star grid to demonstrate the mixing of the three colors and what they look like with gray added.

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I prepare my palette before I begin painting:

Top to bottom: Pure and mixed pigments, pigments mixed with white, tinted pigments mixed with gray.

Bottom two: blob of white, blob of gray.

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As I mix each color, I place it in the star and locate it on my linear sketch, filling in each area where I think the color should be.

Yellow-orange:

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Blue:

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Violet:

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(I pulled a little of the unmixed pigments in for this one to show increased saturation on the backs of petals).

And now the mixed colors; yellow-orange plus blue:

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Blue plus violet:

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Violet plus yellow-orange:

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And finally, adding gray:

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2 thoughts on “Painting Supplement # 7

  1. Meredith,
    This painting lesson was your best yet. I really appreciate all of the effort it takes to put it together. You should consider making these blogs into a book. Edy

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