The colors, yellow, chartreuse, mint green, aquamarine, pthalo blue, are all analagous and harmonious. The strong dark shadow in the background pushes the limes forward and creates a dramatic composition.
The bright color of the red peppers makes this painting jump. The challenge is to make the shadow areas of the peppers look darker but still saturated. If you add white to the light areas you get pink. Add black to the dark areas and you get gray.
I liked the way the colors of the pear and the colors of the background were so similar. I explored how to mix gold tones from red and yellow and green. I like it that every now and then a little bit of saturated red breaks out.
Contre-Jour means against the light. This view at Vashon Center faces the south at mid day. Objects become silhouetted and colors are lost in shadow and light. The strong contrast almost makes you feel like squinting. This painting will be at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts in April.
The subject was reflections and translucency. The grapes are reflected on the glass tabletop and in the silver bowl. The tabletop reflects light back into the grapes and into the underside of the silver bowl. The grapes are translucent and glow from light passing through them.
This study is very harmonious because there is so much dominant color -- burnt sienna. It gets its zip from the strong value pattern-mostly medium value, a small amount of light value, and just a touch of dark value.
Bright afternoon light silhouettes the lighthouse. The Bandon light sits on the edge of the dunes & guards the the Coquille River at Bandon, Oregon. This painting will be at the Silverwood Gallery in Vashon, WA in May.