Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sailor's Delight

 Sailor's Delight
6" x 8"  oil on panel


How often we look to the skies to predict the weather and it often seems a much better predictor than the meteorologist reports that we are bombarded with daily.

This was a demo from a recent workshop for an introduction to palette knife painting.  The colour mixing and shapes are simplified and the sky forgiving in terms of shapes, making it a perfect subject for individuals testing the technique for the first time.

There are few colours that fit the need straight out of the tube.  They nearly always need a boost from another colour to adjust value or create the correct hue.  The use complementary colours and addition of colours that are unorthodox but the right value, add interest to the work.  Try throwing in a streak of a complementary colour, just a little, to give more oomph, you'll be amazing how it makes a painting sit up and demand viewer attention.