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Ignoring Colors in a Reference Photo!

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Playing with Pastels!

Beginning to Draw & Paint with Pastels
New series begins March 14th at the Northlight Art Center in Sharon, CT

Last week in class we spent time discussing analogous color palettes.  My students tried their hand at finding a simple composition to paint in an analogous color scheme of their choice.

I think this was a rewarding exercise for us all. We learned that it is OK to deviate from the colors in a reference photo. All you need to understand are thevalues!

This is Jennifer's analogous tree painting!
With that in mind, and continuing to explore color, I went into my studio this week interested in playing with color relationships.

A yummy breakfast at the Metro Cafe prompted me to take a refer-ence photo for a painting...

I loved the chair legs and variety of angles. Americana at its best!



I then did a value under painting in charcoal and white pastel on grey toned Ampersand board.


I chose a limited palette of compliments (blue and orange) and varying values o…