Color value is as important if not more important than color scheme.
This morning’s Color Scheme Game indicated a Complementary Triad, two complements with one color equidistant between the two …. Yellow and Violet with Blue-Green. My dominant color was Blue-Green. In an attempt to maintain the blue-green as dominant color, I used a pale wash of violet for the background. The result was less than thrilling. Curious to see how the painting would change, I created stronger contrast between the glass inkwells and the background. Abandoning my concern for any specific color being dominant, I applied another wash of a darker violet to the background. In addition I darkened a few of the other shapes in the bottles as well as the shadow shapes. The result is a stronger painting that reads well from across the room in spite of its small size (5.75″ x 7.75″)
Sketchbook drawing: drawn first with fountain pen followed by watercolor washes.