Playing the Color Scheme Game can be used as merely a starting point. If the painting is telling you to change the plan, by all means, change the plan!

Trumpet Parts No. 62 with Daffodils and Oxalis Plants

After completing the drawing in ink I threw the die.  The die indicated a Modified Triad Color Scheme with Orange as one of the dominant colors.  That gave me blue as a second and I chose yellow/green over purple/red as my third, preferring my daffodils to be yellowish rather than purplish.  I didn’t like the way the blue worked for the oxalis plant and I didn’t think it would work for both the napkin under the trumpet and the trumpet.  I felt that the shapes might become confused and the trumpet would not stand out against the napkin.  For that reason, I moved away from my Modified Triad Color Scheme and introduced the neutralized red in the trumpet, a few oxalis leaves and the vertical  shape on the right.  The result was somewhat satisfactory, but more muted than I would have liked.  In order to support that muted effect I needed to added stronger color saturation and slightly darker color value to contrast the muted color.  I chose the bright red.  The effect worked.  The colors now look beautifully muted instead of too diluted.

I will continually point out that the purpose of the playing the game is to expand your horizons, not to simply follow rules.  Break the rules on a daily basis!  In playing the game, you will learn the rules and realize you are making the choice to stick to the color scheme or to step off the path.  Stepping off the path is the ultimate goal.

Sketchbook painting: Trumpet Parts No. 62 with Daffodils and Rooting Oxalis Plants.  Drawn first with fountain pen filled with Noodler’s Green Marine Ink, followed by watercolor.

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.

An extended analogous color scheme is, basically, half the color wheel.  Traditionally it is one primary color plus the three adjacent colors on each side.  A limited analogous color scheme, depending on whose definition you are using, is either three to four adjacent hues or five adjacent hues.

Trumpet Daffodils and Totems

This painting falls into the limited analogous color scheme category using the definition of five adjacent hues: orange, yellow, yellow/green, green and blue.  The neutrals in the trumpet and the totems are within this range.  For those of you who want to be more exact, you might consider this an analogous with one complement color scheme since the neutralized shadow hue beneath the trumpet horn and the totems is in the family of purple, the complement of yellow.

I feel as if this little sketch could benefit from a bit of bright red somewhere.  The addition of a bright red would bring it into the category of an extended analogous color scheme.

What is important to me is not the category of color scheme that the painting can be placed in but the process of finding the strengths and weaknesses in a painting that are, perhaps, a result of the color scheme.  As I’ve mentioned before, I rarely begin a painting with a color scheme in mind.  I don’t like the restriction I feel when I do so.

Drawn first in ink with my Parker 51 fountain pen followed by watercolor washes.  The thin paper of my sketchbook often ripples when I apply watercolor washes.