As much as I don’t like green and red together, I think green and rose is beautiful.

Scented-rose-geranium-artist-trading-card-ACEO-ink-watercolor-chris-carter-artist-012413-sz

Scented Rose Geranium

This is the second little Artist Trading Card I have painted inspired by my Scented Rose Geranium.  Both  days I threw the die and got a Complementary Color Scheme.  Link to previous painting post.

The colors work better because the red leans toward violet and the greens lean toward yellow.  Rather than being the same value, as red and green are, pink and green offers more of a value range allowing the shapes to play more dynamically with one another.  The value difference is subtle yet effective.

I leave in the morning to teach color workshops at Village Art Supply in Santa Rosa, CA.  I hope to see some of you there!  I’m giving a free demo on Thursday evening.

Sketchbook Artist Trading Card: Scented Rose Geranium No. 2 – drawn first in ink with fountain pen, followed by watercolor

Color Scheme:  Complementary Color Scheme

Sorry. I couldn’t resist.

Parsley, Sage. Rosemary and Oregano - Artist Trading Cards

Parsley, Sage. Rosemary and Oregano – Artist Trading Cards

My morning ink and watercolor drawings have become an addiction, one that brings me great joy.  I don’t always throw the dice to determine my color schemes anymore.  After two years of throwing the twelve-sided die, playing with color is as natural to me as drawing with a fountain pen.  Working in a sketchbook is also an addiction.  I’m creating these little Artist Trading Cards in a small, handmade sketchbook so that they are easier to find than the hundreds of small paintings I have stashed in boxes and drawers.

When I first started my journey toward understanding color, I only hoped that I would be seeing through the eyes I see through now.  Color was one of my weaknesses and now it is one of my strengths, and getting stronger every day.  I look forward to next December 31st to see where this wonderful journey of drawing and painting daily will have taken me.

Happy New Year!  Thanks for joining me on my journey!

Sketchbook Drawings: Parley, Sage, Rosemary, Culinary Oregano – drawn first with ink using a fountain pen, followed by watercolor