|"Blue River Bird" 8x10 oil on Ampersand Gesso (on hold for a show)|
Day 1: Limited Palette with Dominant Primary Color
Happy September everyone! And so it begins. After some debate, I’ve chosen “COLOR” (you saw that coming didn’t you?) as my 30 in 30 theme. Obviously COLOR is an enormous, almost overwhelming, subject so I’ve decided to narrow my focus each day to a specific color plan, strategy or approach.
Today my goal was: Color harmony as well as dominance (in this case a rich sapphire blue). This confident little sparrow caught my eye on an early AM stroll in Breckenridge, Colorado. He was hanging out on the sunny boulders near the beautiful Blue River.
This 8x10 oil study is just three pigments and white: Ultramarine blue (warm blue), alizarin crimson (cool red), and hansa yellow light (cool-ish yellow). My white is mostly Permalba (titanium+zinc). That’s it. Three primaries and white. I almost always find this to be a successful color approach to little paintings.
If you’re participating in the “30 in 30” thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic month of painting. My thanks to Leslie Saeta for creating this exciting community (are there really over 700?) of daily painters. I know this will be busy but motivating and inspirational month for all us!
Day 2: Another limited three color palette. Different pigments and warmer… Stay tuned.