Family Treasures No. 76 – Game Pieces, Fountain Pen Cap
When I returned from Maryland, much to my dismay, not a single message indicating a color scheme and hue choice was awaiting me. I resorted to an earlier choice from a week when a number of artists had contacted me. On July 22nd, Peg Thompson chose Color Scheme #7 ( Extended Analogous with Three Complements) and Hue #7 (Violet). Thanks Peg!
Color Scheme Hues: Orange, Yellow/Orange, Yellow, Yellow/Green, Green, Red/Violet, Violet, Blue/Violet.
The pigments I used were Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Aureolin and Gamboge … a very limited palette!
Ignore the note on the template that says “Flip template for more options”. When the template is flipped the options are exactly the same. I must have been tired when I created that template.
Jane R. Hofstetter, in her book 7 Keys to GREAT PAINTINGS refers to this color scheme as the Foolproof Color Scheme. I agree. I find that when I’m painting both en plein air and in the studio, in watercolor, acrylics or oils, I check my template #7 to see which four colors I want to steer clear of. In this case they are Red/Orange, Blue and Blue/Green. Everything else is absolutely fine. It allows me a great deal of freedom to play while knowing that I won’t battle with color. I can concentrate on value and be more experimental with color. To make sure I didn’t venture into red or red/orange, I limited myself to Alizarin Crimson which is already closer to red/violet. Mixing Alizarin with Gamboge, I could achieve an Orange without it becoming a red/orange. Easy! Same with the blue. Using Ultramarine Blue (the closest blue to Violet) I didn’t risk using a royal blue. Adding Ultramarine Blue to Aureolin or Gamboge will give me a neutralized mid-value green that never approaches a Kelly Green or a saturated Blue/Green.