Applying what I learn playing The Color Scheme Game to everything I paint is the purpose of playing the game. Making a conscious decisions along the way is far easier when I have the experience of playing with color schemes as a foundation for my choices.
Deciding on the color of the shadows and cells
My first choice for the shadows was to give the sketch some punch by using a yellow-green. The bleed of the Noodler’s Rome Burning ink already was giving a yellow glow to the paper. I reminded myself of the original intent of the sketch.
This is part of the series of Family Treasures Drawings and Paintings. In the box of treasures I saved from my father’s house are three doll shoes, one red, one white and one black. Where are the mates? Perhaps on a road somewhere. Haven’t you wondered why you see so many single shoes on roads? Or maybe they are hanging out with the lost socks that never make it back from the laundry. This sketch is about the shoes, not about bright color interactions. I wanted each shoe to maintain its significance.
I chose gray. I can’t remember the last time I used gray as a shadow color! I mixed the most beautiful gray I could, A warm gray for the heel and sole in shadow of the white shoe, and a cool gray for the shadows cast by the shoes.
Family Treasures No. 26, Doll Shoes, Red, White and Black
Drawn first with a Sheaffer Fountain Pen filled with Noodler’s Rome burning Ink, followed by watercolor.
Analogous Color Scheme with Red as the dominant color. All other colors are neutrals.
My black was created by mixing alizarin crimson, french ultramarine blue and a touch of yellow ochre.