Saturday, February 9, 2008

Slices of Orange

8 x 10 Oil on Canvas Board
After taking Michael McEwan Color Class at Capital University this past fall I decided to use the color wheel to make my paintings have more color harmony by using a set color theme. On this painting I took the natural color of the "Orange" the skin is orange and the meat is yellow orange. Looking at the color wheel I decide to do a "Tetrad" which is a double complementary contrast. Yellow Orange, Green, Blue Violet and Red. Complementary means colors that are directly opposite each other. A way to remember this is nature's own way of creating complements: Red & Green: Christmas Colors; Blue & Orange: Bird of Paradise; and Yellow & Violet: Purple Iris (has a yellow beard).

Slice of Orange Photograph

8 x 10 on Oil Canvas Board
This is the photograph of my still life. Take note of the light source, the cast shadow and the little orange/yellow reflection on the cloth in between the 2 slices. Also note the edge of the cast shadow on the bottom just takes time to make the right brain see these little gems!