Playing with color schemes to start the day, oiling the gears in the brain. ..

Morning Warm Up - Complementary Color Scheme 'Poppy in Blue Vase'

The wilting poppy in the blue vase presented the perfect subject for a complementary color scheme.

Second Warm Up Exercise

Two warm up paintings can be ten times as helpful as one.  Always work from life, not photographs, for the warm up exercises.  After doing the first, a great deal of information has been processed in the brain.  Simplification of processed information is easier than simplifying unknown information. Allow ten to fifteen minutes for the first warm up.  Allow only five minutes for the second.  Pour yourself another cup of coffee and enjoy the day.