The Color Purple

Yellow Roses

In one of my posts last week on color I mentioned experimenting with violet/purple.  As luck would have it, I had the opportunity to join a few friends to work on the still life you see here where one of the “feature” colors was a rich purple cloth used as a back drop to a vase of yellow roses.

It was unexpected, but so timely for me in my experimentation.  Luckily, I didn’t hesitate too much with the mass amount of purple.  I chose a spot that allowed the purple cloth to be the entire background.  I guess I thought it might work and be a real asset in conjunction with the yellow roses.   So I dove right in using my Windsor Violet right out of the tube to block in the background.  Over time I added a bits of Cadmium Red Deep Hue to bring out the red hues that were also present and then softened areas with a bit of violet mixed with white.

As I worked the area it became more clear to me how smart this arrangement was in terms of complimentary color use.  In many ways it made painting it easier.  Lots of decisions were already made.  There was little ambiguity and the light and dark values were well defined through these two main colors.  I guess this supports the idea of how important composition is to a final work and all the elements that go into creating and or choosing a composition.

It was a fun session and I came away with a small 8″ x 8″ painting that makes me smile!

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