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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Tetradic Color Schemes

I painted this for the April project for Watercolor Workshop group.  The challenge for this month is to select a tetradic color scheme from the color wheel.  The tetrad I selected was blue-violet, red-orange, yellow-orange, and blue green. I mixed the 4 colors in 4 small plastic souffle cups. I did a simple sketch and when painting it, I tried to keep the colors as pure as possible, only mixing the colors together in order to make shadows and the color for the floor and the leaves of the plants..  I lifted paint for the highlights.  This was a very interesting project and it opened my eyes to all kinds of new possibilities.

4 comments:

AutumnLeaves said...

And this is just a delight to the eyes and senses, Barbara. For some reason, it has to be among my favorites.

Christiane Kingsley said...

Barb, I agree with Autumn Leaves : this is delightful. I find that the colors remained so fresh and pure! Thank you for sharing.

Barb Sailor said...

Autumn Leaves and Christiane...I am so glad you commented on this project - when you do something different like this, you wonder how it will be received because it is different from your usual work. I have, as you probably have figured out, been doing some experimenting the last few months, and I appreciate your feedback.

Kathi said...

Love these colors! I've been googling for ideas for my dollhouse coffee shop. These are perfect!
Thank you!