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PostSubject: Color Harmony   Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:06 pm

I just finished a week of intensive study about color harmony. We had to do three paintings in a week. I thought I'd share them with you. This is the Louisville, KY, skyline from a friends condo 17 stories up. I'm not a city person, but the sunset was pretty from this level. I picked the 5 colors in the sky and then identified their complements and used those to create the build colors from the sky colors.

This is a hiking trail near my house in northern NY. When the painting was almost finished, I did a watercolor wash over it on a new layer with a red -orange to bring harmony between the trees and ground. It is essentially the same technique I do when I put an transparent glaze over the final layer of a WSO painting with a color that brings all the colors into harmony.

This third was from a morgue file photo using multiple values of only two colors. I took a little more freedom with my brush strokes. I also focused on not cloning the trees around the deer which was what the photo showed, and I added more darker values to the right side to balance the weight of the right to the left.

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PostSubject: Re: Color Harmony   Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:18 pm

Wow, these are really good! You are getting some beautiful textures in these paintings, and of course the colour harmony. And the buildings are very good; a tough subject.

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PostSubject: Re: Color Harmony   Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:24 pm

Always love the colors you use. Are these watercolors, or did you do them?
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PostSubject: Re: Color Harmony   Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:38 pm

These were all done with oil brushes that blend and run out of paint just like real brushes. The only watercolor I did was a glaze layer over the hiking trail to help harmonize the trees and ground and then that layer is dropped down onto the canvas layer.

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PostSubject: Re: Color Harmony   Sat Feb 02, 2013 3:31 pm

Ooops! I meant to ask you if you did them digitally. They're are gorgeous!
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PostSubject: Re: Color Harmony   Sat Feb 02, 2013 4:44 pm

Thanks Crystal,
Yes they are all digital

The second one I changed the composite method to "difference"

It converts all the colors to their exact complementary color. I think it looks better than the actual color of the first one. It is a great way to identify the exact complement if you are doing traditional painting and using these digital ones for reference. I'm definitely having fun.

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PostSubject: Re: Color Harmony   Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:21 pm

Hi Judy,

These are really great. Especially the woodland... You are getting very good at this. Thanks for sharing.

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PostSubject: Re: Color Harmony   Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:50 pm

Isn't digital painting fun? And I'm sure it's a relief for your allergies. These are all beautiful.
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PostSubject: Re: Color Harmony   Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:13 pm

Definitely fun and hypoallergenic. LOL

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