I can’t help myself.  As soon as the cornfields begin to dry and the trees start to dress in fall fashion, the witch comes out in me and everything transforms into carved pumpkins.

Color Scheme Game: Extended Analogous  (Yellow-Orange, Orange, Red-Orange, Red, Red-Violet and Violet)

Drawn first with fountain pen followed by watercolor

The Color Scheme Game is not only for painters.  Philippa and Sarah are knitters.

Sarah and Philippa testing out the color scheme game

Understanding how colors work together is as essential for fiber artists as it is painters.  We’ve all seen less than beautiful sweaters and afghans.  We’ve also seen gorgeous sweaters, quilts, tapestries, etc.  Quality yarn, like quality paint, can be expensive.  By working out color schemes and value patterns in watercolor, the outcome has a better chance of falling into the category of being gorgeous.

The first stroke of paint

Keeping the paint moist


Off to a great start

How color changes the dynamics of a painting

The day ended too quickly.  I regret not taking a photo of Philippa’s drawing after she painted the cherries orange.  The orange against the turquoise background was stunning.

Sketchbook drawings: drawn first with fountain pen filled with Noodler’s black ink, followed by watercolor on BFK Rives paper.  Limited palette of three tubes of paint, one each of red, yellow and blue.  Sarah and Phil used different colors to compare the results of mixing them.  Philippa discovered that it is quite impossible to mix a violet with a phthalo blue and a cadmium red light.  Instead of a violet, red-violet or blue-violet the result is beautiful browns and grays, great for stones but not so great for bing cherries.  She opted to paint them orange instead.