A quick drawing of Daffodils and Trumpet Parts before I grab my oil paints and attempt to capture the local trees breaking into blossom.

Daffodils and Trumpet Parts

Luckily, I threw the die and ended up with an Analogous with Split Complements color scheme.  I chose my own dominant color to be yellow.  I didn’t feel like being bizarre with the daffodils this morning.

Sketchbook drawing: Trumpet Parts No. 61, drawn first with fountain pen filled with black ink followed by watercolor washes.  Color Scheme: Analogous (yellow/orange, yellow/ yellow/green) with split complements (red/violet, blue/violet).

Link to Color Scheme Game.

Another challenging Color Scheme.

Trumpet Parts No. 33, Analogous with Split Complements

I enjoyed returning to my trumpet parts series.  These are small parts that had been hidden away in a cigar box.

First toss of twelve-sided die was an Eight: Color Scheme = Analogous with Split Complements

Second toss was a Two: Dominant Color = Yellow / Green

Therefore, by colors were Yellow, Yellow / Green, Green with Red and Violet as the split complements.

Again, not my favorite choices, but a good challenge.  If I were to do it again I would make the red a bit warmer using Cadmium Red Light rather than Scarlet Lake.

Sketchbook drawing: first drawn using fountain pen filled with black ink, followed by watercolor and a spot of white gouache.  the gouache didn’t stay white on this sketch.

Limited Palette: Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Light, Scarlet Lake, Prussian Blue, Permanent Violet)

Link to Color Scheme Game Guidelines

I threw the dice only for my color scheme this morning.  An eight came up …. Analogous with Split Complementary Colors.

Trumpet Parts with Lily

Having stayed up too late last night, I found it difficult to fight the gray morning by using bright colors.  I stayed with the theme of muted dreariness that poured through the window.  The Analogous Color Scheme consists of a dominant color, the two colors adjacent to that hue and the two colors on either side of the dominant color’s complement.  In this case, the dominant color is yellow.  On either side of the yellow are yellow / orange and yellow / green.  The complement of yellow is purple.  On either side of purple are red/ purple and blue / purple.

One of the great things about sketchbooks is that I can see problems and come up with partial solutions without the need to completely resolve the painting.  In reality, the light through the window was not strong enough to create a shadow of the lily.  I painted the shadow shape of the glass with too much contrast and sharp edges.  The shape didn’t work.  At the very end, I added the soft shadow shape of the lily to remind me of my thought process and the solution I might try if I were to paint this on watercolor paper.  I have no intention of doing that, but I love searching for solutions.

Trumpet Parts Series No 25 Sketchbook painting:  Drawn first with dip pen using Rohrer and Klinger Alt-Goldgrun ink.  Followed by watercolor, followed by dip pen in a mystery brown ink in my plastic Mont Blanc bottle.

To view other drawings / paintings from the Trumpet Parts Series, here is a link to the album on my Facebook Page, Chris Carter Artist.