|'Oldtimers' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Color gets all the glory. When color in a painting is working we are intrigued. Color can draw us to a painting but it the value that keeps it all together. The well know quote that Value does all the work but Color gets the glory is a good one to remember.
I love to play with color. One of my favorite painting games is to take a scene and see how many ways I can interpret it through color changes. This is where bad reference photos help. When the photo is over exposed or washed out it is easier to invent the color. I can take a bad photo and use the colors I want as long as I can create a strong value map. If I get the values right I can get away with any color I want. (color harmony is needed but that's another post!)
Today's painting is based on a bad photo. You can see the reference photo above. It is dull and washed out. But I can clearly see the dark mass of the trees against the light of the sky. It is a perfect scene for color play.
I decided I wanted a yellow sky. All I needed to do was follow my value thumbnail and choose the right values for the trees, sky and grasses and the painting should work. Each new color combination will create a different mood. I can't wait to try another one!
painting notes: 11x14 Ersta sanded paper with a dark blue alcohol wash underpainting