30 Days of Value Thumbnails – Day 23

mini painting color study trees in the park May 21 2019

For this mini color study I selected a double complementary (rectangular tetrad) color scheme of yellow-green, blue-green, red-violet, and red-orange. These are basically the colors I see in the reference photo I took, but by giving myself that parameter to work within I found it much easier to make color decisions. It was another way to help me avoid attempts to match the colors in the photo and instead focus on making them the right value, intensity, and temperature.

One of my favorite moments with mixing the colors was when I put the muted red-orange on the sunlit grasses. That small touch made that area so much more interesting than before I placed it.

I tried suggesting sky holes in the treeline in the background, but mostly just muddied up the deep, cool green I had going there. Aside from that, I think the colors in this one are much closer to the feeling of summer trees than some of my recent studies.

Reference photo taken one evening in a local park
Value thumbnail of simple shapes
Black and white value check of my color study