An analogous with one complement color scheme becomes even more dimensional when neutralized tones are included.

Family treasures No. 40, Flower Press

I’m not sure if the scanned image portrays the neutrals properly.  The analogous colors are yellow-green, yellow, and yellow-orange with the complementary color being violet.  There are three variations of the yellow-orange, the background, the top surfaces of the flower press and the edges of the flower press.   All three are neutralized with a touch of the violet complement.

I drew the flower press too small to draw the daisy and pansy design on the wood, so I placed them in the background instead.

sketchbook drawing: Family Treasures No. 40, Flower Press 0 drawn first with fountain pen followed by watercolor.

Color Scheme: Analogous with one complement.

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I left the white petals unpainted, taking advantage of the white of the paper and the definition of the fountain pen lines.

Daisies from Lauraly

The Color Scheme is Analogous with One Complement enjoying a reversal of the dominant color.  I used the complement of the analogous cluster to be the dominant color, the Red/Violet of the background.  The analogous colors, Yellow, Yellow-Green and Green are accents to the bold background shapes.  The white petals allow breathing room between the colored shapes.
Drawn first with a fountain pen filled with Noodler’s Rome Burning Ink on Rives BFK printing paper, followed by washes of watercolor.

After two days of struggling to break through a few plein air landscape barriers, it’s a relief to return to familiar territory, ink and watercolor botanical drawing.

Buddleia – Butterfly Bush

I love painting on the Rives BFK paper in my sketchbook.  I’ve ordered fifty 22″ x 30″ sheets to experiment painting large, en plein air, on a steep slant.  I don’t know how it will drip, but looking forward to finding out.

Color Palette: Analogous with near complement, Yellow/Green, Green, Blue/Green with Red/Violet.

Cutting or carrying armloads of gladioli from acres of newly bloomed, spiked flowers was part of my job as a young teen working on a local farm. Though I love flowers, gladioli were never among my favorites. I thought of them only as funeral flowers.

Gladiolus plant, ink and watercolor sketch

My attitude changed a couple of days ago when the gladioli were the only flowers not yet suffering from the drought. It was my first ever attempt to draw or paint a gladiolus plant. I had not realized it is a genus of the iris family, iridacae. It wasn’t until I had completed my first drawing (see today’s post on my other blog) that I made the connection. Drawing opens my eyes to the obvious I often miss even when I am standing in the middle of it.

Watercolor sketch:  drawn first with fountain pen filled with blue ink, followed by watercolor.

Color Palette:  I used a limited palette of phthalo blue (Joe’s Blue), alizarin crimson and gamboge.

Ahhhh ….. I took a break from studying the form of facial planes to enjoy painting the blossoming hollyhocks again before they shrivel from the lack of rain.

Hollyhock Inspirations

Until a week ago, my sole inspiration for painting hollyhocks, aside from the gorgeous plants themselves, has been Jane Dyer’s illustrations for Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

A garden of Hollyhocks

Susan Abbott is teaching a plein air workshop in Provence and has been posting her paintings on her blog.  Susan’s hollyhocks along a narrow street in Viens has become inspiration number two!

Mine along with Jane’s and Susan’s

Hollyhock to hollyhock

A few adjustments to the painting

After brewing a cup of fresh Rose Geranium Tea, I saw that the green shape adjacent to the center blossom was too similar in value, shape and size.  I broke up the shape and softened some edges.

the source of my fresh brewed tea!

Paintings:  watercolors.  Color palette is Alizarin crimson, Gamboge, Jerry’s Blue and a tiny touch of cadmium red.

 

I am enjoying close up studies of the spring blossoms as much as I am the panoramic view of the landscape when painting en plein air this spring.

Pear Blossoms on Branch, pencil and watercolor

I’m not sure how well this subtle pencil and watercolor study will appear on computer monitors.  I attempted to express the delicacy of the pear tree blossoms, a challenge when silhouetted against off-white, hot press, watercolor paper.  I used yellows and lavenders as well as the grays and browns resulting from the mix of the two, sketched first in pencil.

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.