07 Oct Wrestling Match continued…
Posted at 15:50h in birds, color charts, daily painting, Montana artist, oil painting 4 Comments
As I had mentioned my “Soft Place to Land” is getting a real workout. But after several days of just staring at it, thinking the solution would come to me, I decided to get busy and really find out what went wrong.
It seems that the dominant color palette of Burnt Umber which I mixed for this painting, is probably not well suited to a snow scene. I figured it would go more to the purple side, but it didn’t. Oops!
Anyway, here are a few things I did today to see more clearly how Burnt Umber behaves. I use a lot of Burnt Umber in my paintings so thought I already knew. This just goes to show, not all of us are as smart as we think we are : )!
Heres the palette. Pretty huh?
Today I made a chart out of it, you know like the ones I’ve been harping on everyone about?
It went much redder than I thought it would.
So I did this little painting to see what it might look like if I pushed it to the lighter side.
Ooo! Very pink!
So, whats the lesson?
#1 – I should never assume that I know what I’m doing… : )
#2 – I need to go back and finish one chart for each of my colors, (I have about 3/4 of them done) so I can choose one when I have my heart set on a certain mood to come through in a painting.
This palette I think, would be better suited for a late evening or early morning snow scene. You know, when you have those lovely pink hues falling across the snow. Also, I thought it might work really well for an interior like one of Rembrandt’s, with figures or a portrait.
…now what did I do with that olive branch painting?