Six years of a delectable bottle green in high school has led to my disaffection for green in most of its manifestations. The more observant of you will have noticed that there is not a whole lot of green in my art.
So, when I started creating this child portrait painting, with its original dominating yellows, I naturally reached for its complement, purple. The warm purple I chose for the background just wasn’t working, so I changed it to a cool purple. Then darker, then lighter but NO – the painting was not happy. It kept telling me I needed to use green.
Reluctantly, I picked out a virgin yellow-green from my set and instantly knew that was what the painting wanted.
I had discovered my first seriously bossy artwork.
As usual, I started with my preliminary sketch.
Again, as usual, I proceeded to the eyes.
I’m just so predictable – next the values on the face.
And here is where I brought in the green. It’s not just one green – a series of dark greens, yellow greens and raw umber… all of which lead to a general greenness.
Next, more work on the background and the hands. I am enjoying the flow of the shawl, the way the angles of the shawl mirror the hat and chair. I also like the triangular composition.
A little more work on defining the form in the face. I tried to be more gentle in this piece – as the palette is very different to the one I normally use, the overall mood of the piece if different. I usually use complementary colours and often more than one pair of complements in each painting. This results in very colourful, vibrant pieces. Here, for the first time, I have used an analagous colour scheme, using colours adjacent to each other on the colour wheel. Yellow, red/orange, green. There is a splash of blue for the eyes but I resisted the strong urge to carry that blue through the rest of the painting. This painting seems softer, stiller, but no less cute.
And there we have the Tea Party! A gorgeous little girl, inviting you to join in her game with those huge blue eyes of hers. I hope you like her as much as I do.
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