Sunday, September 19, 2010

Limited Palette In Use

Here's a little sequence of today's work using my same limited palette as with yesterday's. This painting is based on a graphite drawing from my first Cornell course. I'm thinking that the Indian Red background creates a scenario that makes the yellow and black look greener. I want to push the tonal range and perhaps get in more colors for detail. What a great feeling to be back with a real painting!


  1. Wow! This IS amazing... Are you sure you didn't sneak any green pigment onto your palette? :-) I have often read about the old masters mixing blacks with earthy yellows for their greens and have experimented with it myself; but I think you hit the nail on the head about the red background making it all look even greener; fun to see how all your past explorations into color theory, tones and contrasts have pulled together for you here; to the casual observer, this piece looks simple enough- but WE know better!
    Beautiful composition, too; reminds me of the classic William Morris/Arts&Crafts designs for wallpapers and fabrics.

  2. I am having so much fun with this palette, and pleased as punch to find a kindred spirit. I can't help but smile when I notice a color within, or without, this palette's range. I love that tuned in feeling.