Monday, April 4, 2022

The Pink Shovel and A Complementary Palette


This painting is 12x12 (on canvas) and was painted from direct observation. It’s a few years old but looks fresh to my eyes; the folds of fabric in the long pink sash is a motif I would like to visit again. How would I paint it today? I have a collections of plastic kids beach toys- their bright colors are always fun. 

Note the complementary color palette- always smart to set up some parameters  I can learn from when gathering objects for a still life. The foreground shadow color is a mixture of the green of the shovel with the pinks. The folds in the pink sash are a warm deep red with green undertones.

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