Yesterday at the plein air event at Old York Cellars two women, wine glasses in hand, having a ladies day of fun together, played The Color Scheme Game with me and threw the die to determine the colors I would use for a small painting of the grape vines.

Three grape vines at Old York Cellars

When I play the game in public, inviting bystanders to participate, the paintings are quick, ten minute sketches.  Nancy threw an eight for an Analogous with Split Complements Color Scheme.  Evelyne threw a ten for the dominant color to be Red/Orange.  None of us were thrilled with those results. I like the color scheme except when if falls horizontally across the color wheel leaving me with hues of almost identical value.  Neither Nancy nor Evelyne were terribly excited by the dominant color being red/orange.  To make the best of the situation I created a very minimal painting.  For contrast, I left the sky area white and added a bit of blue to the ground instead.  The vines were painted in the red, red/orange and orange.  The few strokes of landscape were done in the complements of blues and greens.

Nancy and Evelyne with their new painting.

In spite of our first lack of enthusiasm, the vines expressed the spirit of the vineyard and the painting captured their hearts and will be hanging on Evelyne’s wall.

Old York Cellars Grape Vines, en plein air event

To celebrate Nancy’s new position at work, Evelyne purchased another one of the little sketches I had done in the morning.  It will sit on Nancy’s new desk.

Paintings: Drawn first with dip pen and ink, followed by watercolor.

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