Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Joy in the Morning

Pastel, 9x12 on UArt

The marsh in late summer is a blaze of green especially in the morning after rain.  The whole vista is an exuberant celebration of joy and wonder.
To express this view and make it believable requires the use of judicious touches of purple and orange.  I also added a few strokes of red/brown which makes the green-on-green marsh grass come alive.
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Monday, September 12, 2016

Late Summer Estuary

Pastel, 6x9 on UArt

In this view of the salt marsh estuary, I have used a familiar scene and changed the composition and elements to create a different mood and scene.  This began with a couple of pencil sketches from which I developed this color/value study.  
In the late summer, the salt marsh is almost blindingly green. I need to mute some of that green, but I find that using the complement of green, red, to reduce the "greenishness" of the marsh is too harsh.  In this study, I have toned down the green by using its near complements, orange and purple. 
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