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Morning Color Study

Tuesday May 9, 2023

View from my room

Quick sketch from my bedroom window. Trying to work on color.

Palette:

Color Study

I’m finding that the key to non-muddy colors is to actually use less color. I’ve noticed that most good paintings have only one dominant color. This split complementary palette of cool yellow, warm yellow, blue seems to do a pretty good job at preventing me from mixing mud. The tiny amount of Cad Red is a nice utility for muting certain colors without changing the value too much. I think if anything were to show as actually red though it would look real bad.


Tags: art , color , gouache , plein-air