The orange shadows in the Trumpet Parts No. 74 daily painting was a surprising success and gave me the courage to play with shadow colors more often.  When I threw the die and ended up with a split complementary triad color scheme using Violet Red as my dominant color I didn’t hesitate to use the green for the shadow.  Playing The Color Scheme Game helps me move past my preconceived notions about colors of objects and shadows.

Trumpet Parts No. 88 in progress

For a change of pace, I drew the bent trumpet part in pencil before inking it.  I wanted the sections to link up properly with one another.  I almost left the drawing as you see it in this first image.  The seed for another series is planted in my brain, one that allows parts of the ink drawing to remain unpainted.  I like seeing the skeleton of the painting.

Knowing that the urge to stop and call it complete was being nurtured by my fear of a green shadow, I forced myself to continue.  At this point I wanted to see what a violet-red trumpet part yellow accents and a green shadow might look like.

Trumpet Parts No. 88

I like it.  How about you?

Sketchbook drawing: drawn first with pencil, followed by ink using a fountain pen, followed by watercolor.

I brought the Color Scheme Game with me on my recent road trip to New Hampshire and Maine.

Narcissus in Glass Vase

A good time was had by all.

It will take me a few days to get back into my normal schedule of posting.  More details later…….

Ink and Watercolor Painting: Narcissus in Glass Vase. Drawn first with fountain pen filled with black ink followed by watercolor.  I took liberties with the color scheme of Triad with Split Complements.  I also took liberties with the dominant color being blue.  When I left yesterday morning, the Narcissus had bloomed!

Triad with split complements is a wonderfully flexible color scheme, especially when you expand the definition a bit.

Trumpet Parts No. 51, ink and watercolor sketch

Playing The Color Scheme Game I threw an eleven (Triad with Split Complements) and an eight (Dominant Color is red/violet, split complements are green and yellow).  For a more dynamic layering of color shapes I extended the dominant color of red/violet to include a cooler violet.  For me, triad schemes provide more opportunities to create strong color interactions and visual movement than analogous color schemes.  I prefer analogous schemes for meditative, soothing imagery.

Ink and Watercolor Sketch: drawn first with fountain pen filled with black ink followed by watercolor.

I promised Tom I would bake him oatmeal raisin cookies.  Naturally, my sketchbook was handy and distracted me.

Kitchen Counter Stuff

The twelve-sided die was handy, too.  I threw an eleven and a nine – Triad, Split Complement Color Scheme with Red as the dominant color, Blue/Green and Yellow/Green as the split complements. Green ended up holding its own for dominance, but Red is more saturated.

I left the cookies in the oven a few minutes too long.  He’ll have to dunk them in coffee.

Sketchbook drawing: drawn first with Waterman Phileas Fountain Pen filled with black ink, followed by Watercolor.