|'When in Doubt Add Purple' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Painting is available $175
It is great to know the science behind the secret. It makes sense that putting some purple next to your greens will make them look warmer and less artificial. (simultaneous contrast) While I understand the science I usually just remember this thought....When in doubt add some purple!
But how do we add orange and violet to a landscape?
|Purple tinted clear gesso over a piece of Multimedia Artboard|
One of my favorite ways to incorporate them is in the underpainting. Reds and oranges are often used to tone or block in a painting that will have a lot of green. This way the bits of orange peek through and warm up the greens. Purple can also be added through the underpainting.
For today's painting I decided to tone my paper purple. This helped to subtly introduce the friend of green to my painting. I also chose purple because of my subject. I was painting a meadow of Purple Coneflowers. The flowers were woven into the grasses. I didn't want to paint each and every flower though. I wanted to merely hint at some of them. The purple underpainting helps give the illusion of many many flowers in the meadow.
The purple in the trees and sky also help to harmonize the entire painting. Yes, when in doubt add some purple!
|A couple of close-ups|