Tuesday, June 09, 2009

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Usually when I choose the color for the ground (undercolor) I go with the compliment of the dominant color (dominant = the color that takes up the most room in the painting). So, here the dominant color is red (and pink) and the compliment of red is green (or turquoise if you're following the Munsell wheel). But in this case I thought a green ground would muddy up the other colors. The nature of oil paint is such that any color you put over another is going to mix a bit, unless the undercolor is dry. And if you put red over green you'll get a certain amount of mud. So I decided on red for my ground so the strawberries would be nice and vibrant.

11 comments:

Kim Morin Weineck said...

I love when you offer a bit of your thinking and process with your painting gems.

Great piece!

Johnnie Sielbeck said...

NICE!! Really like the stem and shadow shapes and the reflected light.

Bobbi Heath said...

Just beautiful! Reminds me of "Call Me Tiny". You have a way with strawberries, and the shadows are just so great. I feel like I can touch the leaves.

robertsloan2art said...

This one is really great. I'm not sure why these strawberries grab me so much, though I do like them. I think it's that when you used that pink background and strengthened the red, you made the green accents pop. It just looks right, and the shadows are so lush and interesting too.

Robert Sloan
www.explore-oil-pastels-with-robert-sloan.com

David Westerfield said...

Love this. The shadows, the red, and great three-dimensionality on the leaves.

Roxanne said...

Howdy, Carole! I'm out in Vegas with my hubby for a few days and just got to check my e-mail. Even though I missed the last two daily paintings (beautiful!), I did eat strawberry shortcake last night when we went out for coffee!

I'm looking forward to daily painting... you taught me so much! Since it would be hard to paint at the MGM, I'm blogging about your workshop! Hope your having a great week!

Big hug!

Carolina said...

Good decision, Carol. These strawberries are great!
Regards,
Carolina

Catherine Jeffrey said...

I'm wondering if the bits of greeny turquoise showing through with a green ground would have added a little more "energy" to the painting. (although it is a wonderful painting as is.) Sometimes when I am in a hurry, I will do the ground in acrylic. Instant dry. Oil is happy over acrylic or oil.

Gwen Bell said...

Love that wonderful peachy pink next to the bright, bright reds. Great!

Paolo Strano said...

Thanks for your lesson. Your painting is formidable. Greetings from Italia.

Sandra Galda said...

love the indication of seeds...