Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Complimentary Color Scheme

Oil on canvas, 36" sq.,  c. Catherine Vines

I love this complimentary color scheme of red and green, and have used it innumerable times.  Even more that the color scheme, I love the range of greys.  Using greys has become a new goal for me. For the darks, I mixed complements of the main colors in a variety of values. Now I'm thinking I should have written down the different color combinations I used.  Since then I have started keeping Color Notes.  My oils dry out so fast here that I am constantly remixing so it's a necessity when working on a big painting like this one.  In general I love to mix, and tweak colors; but I can't trust my memory when the combination is a complex one.

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