The fog refused to lift….. I just kept painting. The first oil sketch leans toward a complementary color scheme, the second toward an analogous color scheme. The last two are more monochromatic.
I used the same limited palette for all four paintings: Scarlet Lake, Cadmium Lemon, Cobalt Blue and Titanium White.
I suppose one might call this analogous, too. I need to stretch the definition of monochromatic or I would never use that color scheme. It can be extremely moody and evocative, so I bend the rules.
There’s a lot to be gained by doing several thirty minute oil sketches. I begin to truly simplify, dropping details that get in the way of strong shapes and compositions. This is my favorite of the four.
Oil sketches, 5″ x 5″, on prepared birch panels. Painted yesterday morning, January 23, 2012