Thursday, February 26, 2009

"Tomato Bowling"



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I had a 2-D teacher in college who taught us nothing more profound about color theory than "blue ... blue is a boy color." I swear. What I've learned since then from books and experimentation is that while some color combinations tend to work better than others, you can make just about any colors work together. What it boils down to is personal preference. One thing I DO think works more often than not is to have one color be dominant (take up the most room in the painting). Someday I'd like to do a whole series where I go around the color wheel and choose one color after another to be dominant. I'd do it now but I've got another workshop next week.

6 comments:

mizbish said...

Your tomatoes are fabulous, Carol! You do such a good job with ALL you colors, but it's especially impressive to see how you keep your warm colors from becoming too cool when you lighten their values. These are just luscious.

It is great fun to watch the progress on your studio. Can't wait to see the finished product.

Jo Castillo said...

These are great tomatoes. I love the tomato red. Nice work. Congrats on getting the studio going. A little warm to come home to, huh? :)

TURCIOS. said...

me gusta mucho tu estilo. saludos

LSaeta said...

Your painting is lovely. The tomatoes are so rich and I love the highlights. Great colors!

Paula Villanova said...

Fantastic composition....and color!

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Hi Carol
Great composition and wonderful color. Mike Svob has a book on painting and he states that an object painted a warm color must have a cool shadow and likewise with a cool color and warm shadow. So the shadow side of the red tomato would be a cool color. I have tried to follow this advice with mixed results. Any comments or advice?