Sunday, September 13, 2009
The Conversation: Three Ladies in the Sauna
This painting was done on 1/4 sheet of 140 lb. watercolor paper which was covered with gesso and then stamped with old lace curtain pieces given to me by a friend to use as texture. I used transparent watercolors, and the pigment collected in the gesso texture giving the painting an interesting effect. A split-complementary color scheme was used on this one - yellow, blue -violet and red-violet. There are different ways of determining color combinations - especially complementary and split complementaries, but I use the method I learned in college which uses the color wheel based on the 3 primary colors red, yellow and blue and their mixtures as shown in the color wheel above. In order to get a split-complementary color scheme, you select a dominant color (in my case, yellow) and directly across is it's complement, violet; then you use the colors on each side of the complement for the split-complementary color scheme. Another favorite split-complementary color scheme of mine is blue, red-orange, and yellow-orange.
The name, Three Ladies in the Sauna, came about because my Thursday painting friends thought it looked like the rear ends of 3 ladies talking in the sauna.