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Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Warm & Cool Colors - The Stroll

The Stroll
Acrylic on mount board
7 by 9 inches (17.9 by 23 cm)
not including a .5 inch (1.3 cm) border

I decided to paint the land and rock a warm color. This contrasts with the cool lake. The focal point is a single figure.

Monday, 7 April 2008

Intimacy, Curves, Rhythm and Movement - The Rose

The Rose
Acrylic on watercolour paper
7.5 by 5.5 inches (19.13 by 14.03 cm)
including .5 inch border (1.33 cm)










I decided to crop the flower’s image and bring it closer to viewers thus reaching into our space. This creates intimacy. The lyrical, rhythmic curves of the petals give the painting and flower a sense of motion and life. I used contrasting (complementary) colors, red and green. Each color enhances its opposite color. I wanted to put more space between the flower and green background so I painted over the background with a blue white. This would push the background further into space.

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Warm and Cool Color Contrasts - Cactus in the Desert

Cactus in the Desert
Acrylic on watercolor paper
7 by 7 inches, 17.85 by 17.85 cm
















I wanted to emphasize the heat of the desert. I did this by using a warm color, orange on the ground. The orange color bounces back into the shadows of the cactus. The contrast with the cool blue of the sky and the cool green in the background makes the warm color more evident. I also used a warm yellow light to make the heat stand out.