Painting Loose

This week we continued to work on still life, but this time with the addition of color. Thomas and I both enjoy working with color, both in graphic design and in art. Thomas has a great intuition for color, but for me, it has sometimes been challenging. The topic of ‘color’ will continue for a while because it is vast and one I feel will take years to master.

I asked, “When working with color what goes through your mind.” Thomas responded by saying, “Contrast and how the colors dance and mingle together.” – and I have to agree.

When the colors are married sort of speak it gives your piece life, allowing your eye to dance across the painting.  Thus, this week I have tried three different color palettes.  See my results below.

If you missed our other Still Life Study Hall Posts, the links are below.

Still Life Study Hall 01
Still Life Study Hall 02
Still Life Study Hall 03

Kim Rene' - Playing with color


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Just a simple pear this time – nothing too complicated. I wanted to focus more on color and their relationship together.  I used a combination of black vine charcoal and newly purchased charcoal pencils; like all my art supplies I love these pencils.  A must have if you are thinking about purchasing a set. The size of my finished pieces is 5″ x 6″.

  • The first one I drew was the burgundy and black. Burgundy is one of my favorite colors, but with the black I found it to be too dark. The piece did not dance.
  • The second pear I drew was the yellow, lime green and black charcoal. I like the combination of yellow and lime green. I feel the colors really work well together.
  • The third pear I reached for one then two colors that I felt worked together. Months ago I would never of have tried this – I found working with color to be a little overwhelming. So many decisions and possibilities. And remembering not to add to many colors  – don’t want it to seem like a coloring book or even worse turn to mud.

Overall, I am very pleased with my pieces. If I were to do it over, which I have a feeling I will, black charcoal will not be in the mix. I am drawn to the vivid colors (triadic harmonies).

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