Tuesday, November 25, 2008

"Color Change"

"Color Change" - Oil - 11" x 14" - $225

"The autumn colors this year have been extraordinary in northern California. This tree, near the entrance to the Sacramento River Trail in Redding, was brilliant in the afternoon sun and supported by the green foliage in shadow." --- SFG
When painting a subject that's so brilliantly lit that it exceeds the value range of our palette, I use darker areas to make the lights seem lighter and use color and intensity to further the effect. The darker leaves on the opposite side of the tree were handy for this purpose. Also, I made sure that the sky was slightly grayed and more violet than it really was to intensify the yellow.

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