Using my Richard Schmid Color Charts and my color/value chart for reference and clean color:
I began this 12″ x 16″ painting in the living room of my dear friend, Jane. The idea was inspired by Bonnard’s interiors. Though I had wanted to complete the painting in one session, the shapes weren’t interlocking well and I wasn’t happy with the value pattern. Jane moved to South Carolina before we were able to schedule another sitting. I had taken a few photos for reference, but they were pretty useless.
I needed to connect the jar, lamp and the figure. Jane is an avid collector of exotic fabrics. I asked her to send me some swatches of her favorites so that I could invent a shape on the back of the couch for the eye to travel along.
The fabrics were a perfect inspiration to resolve the painting. She included a paint chip of “Cobblestone Taupe” to let me know the color of the wall in her new home. The painting was to become a union of her old abode and her new one. I was able to match her paint chip perfectly with the help of the Richard Schmid Color Charts I made a year ago. I mixed White, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna and a touch of Light Red.
My basic palette is currently Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean blue, Viridian and White.
I added a few extras to my palette to easily spot in the colors of the blue fabric swatch. I added Cobalt Violet and Cobalt Turquoise. Just for fun and clarity I also added Cadmium Orange.
The reference photo did nothing but cause me problems. Once I tossed it in the trash I was able to move forward basing my mixes of colors and values on the painting itself rather than the lifeless colors from the camera.