Brown. There is no such color in the color spectrum. A color can be one of six: warm - red, yellow, orange or cool - violet, blue, green. No brown. Below are three versions of "brown." They are the dark, dull tones of yellow, orange and red (all warm). We tend to think of colors being bright and flashy but, if you are painting an apple, you will see variations in the red - some bright, some medium and some dark.
This helps when working with darkening shadows. Combining opposite colors (the dark ones) makes excellent shadows. Violet is opposite yellow therefore violet (or purple) will darken Burnt Umber. Blue is opposite orange so adding blue to Burnt Sienna will darken it. Green will darken the Indian Red.
Something to think about. Happy painting! - Kathy
Friday, April 8, 2016
This painting took me a bit longer than usual. It's of my Mom & Dad at the Auer Family Boathouse in Burlington, Vermont on Lake Champlain. Here they are reading maps from the bicycle ferry. Can't remember what they were looking for. The nice thing about painting from my own photographs is that I can leave out parts I don't find interesting and it also gives me the time to study my subject matter. The light was so beautiful that day and they were both trying to pretend I wasn't there with my camera. The perspective was very intriguing as well as capturing two portraits of people I know. I am quite pleased with the result.
It's important to feel a connection with the subject matter whether it be the color or the composition or the spirit of it.
Maybe the next painting will be a little faster with some nice globs of paint.